Press Release: Endangered Missing Found Deceased

Lapeer County SheriffOn Friday 03-01-2013 at 6:16 PM, Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a residence located on a private drive off Diehl Road in Metamora (Hadley Township) for a missing 13 year old.The 13 year old (name being withheld) departed his residence between approximately 4:15 PM and 5:25 PM traveling by foot. There were circumstances that supported the individual was endangered and a firearm from the residence was unaccounted for. The residence is surrounded by woods, fields, and land owned by the State of Michigan (game area). An extensive search of the area was performed during the evening hours (after dark) on Friday 03-01-2013. Lapeer County Deputies were assisted by Michigan State Police Troopers (Lapeer Post), Michigan State Police CanineTeam, and the Oakland County Sheriffs Aviation Division. Around midnight, search efforts were temporarily suspended until morning.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was notified. Arrangements were established to resume on Saturday 03-02-2013 at 8 AM.

On Saturday 03-02-2013 at 8 AM, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Flint Field Office) and Oakland County Sheriffs Office Aviation Division joined Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies. The Lapeer County Sheriffs Mounted Division searched using horses. Ray C’s Cycles in Lapeer provided quad runners to aid with the ground search. Michigan Search and Rescue was responding with numerous canine teams.

Around 9:08 AM, the search came to an end when the missing was discovered deceased of a self inflicted gun shot wound in a wooded ravine within close distance to their residence.

This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff s Office.