Wilmoth, Ruska found at gas station in Munising

Police in plain clothes posted at gas station apprehend Ruska; Wilmoth taken to hospital

At left, LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth. At right, Eric Ruska. (Photos courtesy of Michigan State Police)

MARQUETTE — Police have confirmed that missing persons LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth and Eric Scott Ruska were found alive early this morning at a 24-hour Shell gas station in Munising after a tri-county search that has lasted since Monday.

Detective 1st Lt. Robert Pernaski, who works out of the Special Investigation Section of the Michigan State Police, said police in plain clothes stationed at the gas station at about 4:25 a.m. saw Ruska’s rusty black 2006 Chevrolet Colorado truck pull into the station and Ruska emerge from the truck.

They were able to determine that Wilmoth was being held against her will and apprehended Ruska without incident.

Wilmoth, 28, of Cooks was taken by EMS to UP Health Systems-Marquette for evaluation. Pernaski said he didn’t know her condition except to say she was alive and didn’t appear to have any obvious injuries. She was still at the hospital as of about 8:45 a.m.

Ruska, a 37-year-old Rumely man, is being held and interviewed at the Munising City Police Department. Criminal charges are expected to be forthcoming.

The two allegedly went fishing Sunday at Chicago Lake in Delta County, according to the Michigan State Police. Police received a missing persons complaint early Monday from a family member.

Group searches have been conducted with numerous law enforcement agencies. The dive team search at Chicago Lake was suspended Thursday afternoon, with units concentrating mainly on ground searches and no longer using aviation units or K-9 units.

Public records indicate Ruska was sentenced to prison in 2004 for third-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. He was released December 2015.