Missing kayaker returns

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. Tuesday 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 shore 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 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 Office were assisted by officers from the DNR, MSP 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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