Vehicle recovered

Duane Kangas’ vehicle was located Tuesday morning in Portage Lake in Houghton County and was recovered during the early afternoon. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Graham Jaehnig)

HANCOCK — Police found the car Tuesday afternoon of a Hancock man whose body was recovered April 30 in the Portage Canal, five months after he was reported missing.

The missing vehicle of 38-year-old Duane Kangas was recovered just off the south end of Birch Street on the Hancock side of the canal.

The vehicle was located at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, by the Michigan State Police using side-scan sonar, according to the Hancock Police Department.

Once the vehicle was located, an underwater camera was borrowed from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department and photos were used to identify the vehicle.

The search on the canal began Monday and included aid from the Michigan State Police Dive Team.

Dive teams then secured the vehicle, which was towed from the water by Superior Service at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravado was transported and is being stored at Superior Service in Atlantic Mine.

When it was pulled from the water the vehicle’s driver-side window was open, and the door was ajar.

An autopsy was performed on Kangas’s body April 30. Results have yet to be released. Kangas had last been seen in November, when he was spotted leaving a Houghton gas station in the car. Kayakers spotted his body April 30 in the Portage Canal near the Kestner Waterfront Park.