Cause of death unknown

Autopsy results


MARQUETTE — On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on John Rowland, the 36-year-old Skandia Township man whose body was discovered Saturday after he was reported missing for several days.

Examiners at UP Health System-Marquette have not found an obvious cause of Rowland’s death at this time, according to a news release from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. However, examiners are still awaiting final results of the autopsy, pending additional studies.

Rowland’s body was found around 10:30 a.m., Saturday. He was discovered in a wooded area, north of the spot where his Chevrolet Astro van had been previously located by officials.

A UH-60 Black Hawk Medevac helicopter from the Wisconsin Army National Guard, based out of West Bend, Wisconsin, was able to locate Rowland about 15 minutes after arriving in the search area on Saturday.

Rowland’s body was then transported to the UP Health System-Marquette morgue by Marquette Township Fire and Rescue.

Rowland had last been seen around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 23 in the city of Marquette. The van that Rowland had been driving was initially found by officials around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 24 on Forestville Road, near Huron Woods Drive in Marquette Township, although officials later received a tip that the van was stuck as early as 6 a.m. on Feb. 23, just hours after the last time Rowland was seen.

The investigation is ongoing, with the final results of the autopsy pending. Officials could not be reached for further comment before press time today.

Cecilia Brown can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is