Search continues for missing 31-year-old man

Nicholas Suardini

By Journal Staff

ISHPEMING — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has updated its search for a local missing person.

Nicholas Reid Suardini, 31, was reported missing by his mother at about 2 p.m. Monday. His mother reported Suardini was last seen leaving her home on foot at about 10:30 a.m. May 13 in the Charley Lakes area in Tilden Township.

The sheriff’s office indicated the spot is a remote wooded area in southern Marquette County.

Marquette County Search and Rescue was called to the area on Monday and conducted a search of the roads and wooded area that lasted several hours. However, nothing was found during the search. Several camps and cabins were also searched in the area with negative results.

It was originally reported that Suardini was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and dark gray or black tennis shoes when he left the home on foot. In looking at doorbell camera video at the home, the sheriff’s office said it showed Suardini left the home at about 12:32 p.m. May 13 wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the words “Big Bay” on the front. He also wore black-and-white basketball shorts and was not wearing shoes.

Suardini was shown to be carrying a large Ol’Roy dog food bag, which allegedly contained a half-gallon of vodka and several White Claw alcoholic beverages.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received information that Suardini was last seen in the city of Marquette from 2 to 3 p.m. May 13. Detectives with the sheriff’s office have attempted to confirm this information by looking at video in the area of the alleged sighting but have been unable to confirm this.

Other tips have been received on possible locations for Suardini, including areas outside of Michigan, but none of these tips have turned up his location.

As part of the investigation, sheriff’s office investigators said they want to speak with 25-year-old Kyle Dorow, who is from the Ishpeming area. Dorow had been at the mother’s home with Suardini on the day he left on foot. Dorow left the home later in the day, and detectives have been unable to reach him for an interview.

Dorow, according to the sheriff’s office, is not considered to be a missing person but is needed only to be interviewed as a witness at this time.

Investigators have determined that Suardini was last seen leaving his mother’s home on May 13 on foot and carrying alcohol. It has been determined that Suardini did not have his personal belongings such as his wallet, cell phone, medications and shoes with him. Suardini has not used his financial transaction devices and not has communicated with anyone using his Facebook account.

The sheriff’s office indicated that Suardini is alleged to be struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, and it was reported that he was possibly intoxicated when he left his mother’s home.

Since none of the leads of alleged sightings of Suardini in the Marquette area have turned up his whereabouts, the sheriff’s office will conduct additional searches in the wooded area near his mother’s home where he was last seen.

Marquette Search and Rescue on Thursday were dispatched back to the area of North Shore Road and conducted an additional search of the area where Suardini was last seen.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Suardini or has any information on the case to contact the sheriff’s office tip line at 906-225-8441 or its direct line during business hours at 906-225-8435. Information can also be called in to Central Dispatch at 906-475-9912.

The sheriff’s office also requests anyone who has had contact with Dorow to ask him to contact the sheriff’s office.


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