Missing man’s body found

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MARQUETTE — The body of missing Skandia Township resident John Rowland was discovered at 10:39 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area north of the spot where his Chevrolet Astro van had been located earlier.

According to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, a UH-60 Black Hawk Medevac helicopter from the Wisconsin Army National Guard, based out of West Bend, Wisconsin, was used to locate Rowland about 15 minutes after arriving in the search area.

The van initially was found around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 24 on Forestville Road near Huron Woods Drive in Marquette Township.

Assisting in the air search was a Cessna 172 operated by volunteer members of the Civil Area Patrol based out of Houghton CMX Airport.

Rowland had been last seen in the city of Marquette at about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

Rowland’s body was transported to the UP Health System-Marquette morgue by Marquette Township Fire and Rescue. An autopsy is expected to be performed this week.

The investigation is ongoing pending the autopsy results.

The sheriff’s office expressed its appreciation for assistance from the Civil Air Patrol and their assets, volunteers with Marquette County Search and Rescue, Marquette Township Fire and Rescue, and the public for sharing information and calling in tips.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.