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Body of missing man believed found

April 14, 2010
By GARRETT NEESE Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. - Minnesota police believe they have recovered the body of an Allouez man who had been missing for more than a week.

About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted a body on the Lake Superior shoreline about two miles north of the Grand Portage Resort & Casino, where police said Marvin Manninen, 66, left his car on April 5.

"Upon preliminary finding, it is believed to be that of Mr. Manninen," said Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti.

Manninen is believed to have died shortly after he arrived, Lahti said. Foul play is not suspected.

Grand Portage is on Lake Superior near the Canadian border, about three hours north of Duluth and seven hours from Houghton.

Lahti said it still isn't clear why Manninen went to Minnesota.

Manninen, 66, was last seen on the morning of April 5 in Calumet. He failed to show up for a meeting that day with his attorney in Marquette and was reported missing a day later.

His car was discovered Tuesday in the parking lot of the resort, where it had been parked since the night of April 5. Police believe he was the driver.

The Civil Air Patrol conducted aerial searches for Manninen in Keweenaw, Houghton and Ontonagon counties.



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