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Gwinn resident found safe after becoming lost on hike

GWINN — A missing hiker was found in good condition early Saturday morning by a Michigan State Police helicopter after multiple police agencies conducted a search, according to the Forsyth Township Police Department.

Forsyth Township police responded to a call of a possible missing Gwinn resident around 7:20 p.m. Friday and learned that the resident was several hours overdue after going hiking, a press release from the department states.

A ground search was conducted in the area of County Road EEB and the Escanaba River, which was the location the hiker was believed to have gone.

Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a Michigan State Police helicopter from Saginaw arrived in the search area and used thermal and night vision capabilities to locate the missing hiker. The aviation unit was then able to guide responders to the subject, who was in “overall good condition and was able to walk out with responders,” according to the press release.

The Forsyth Township Police Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police K-9 teams from Negaunee and Iron Mountain, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, the Michigan State Police Aviation Unit, Forsyth Township Fire and EMS, Forsyth Township Emergency Management and Marquette County Central Dispatch.

The Forsyth Township Police Department “encourages persons entering into the woods, hiking or hunting this time of year to be prepared with proper clothing layers, a fully-charged cellular phone and most importantly, to notify a friend or family member of your plans,” officials said in a press release.