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Missing kayaker returned, police say

MARQUETTE — A 41-year-old woman who did not return from a kayak trip on Lake Michigamme on Monday returned to camp on her own around 9 a.m. today and is in good health, officials say. All units are clearing the incident.

The Michigan State police and Marquette County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a camp on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigamme at around 8 p.m. Monday after Melanie McKelvey, of St. Louis, Missouri failed to return from a kayak trip.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers searched the waters by boat.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office searched the roadways around Lake Michigamme. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to Marquette County, but was unable to search due to inclement flying weather.

The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post and Marquette County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by officers from the DNR, troopers from the Calumet Post, canine handlers from the MSP Calumet and Iron Mountain Posts, Marquette County Search and Rescue, the Michigamme Township Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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