Coast Guard suspends search for missing person in Rapid City, Michigan

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Air Station Traverse City

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo.

RAPID CITY, Mich. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing person after searching Lake Skegemog near Rapid City, Michigan and the surrounding area, Wednesday.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City conducted a first light search for approximately two hours spanning an area of more than 30 square miles. A crew also searched Tuesday for more than two hours before suspending for the night.

John Murray White, 46, of Traverse City did not report to work Monday and was last seen Saturday according to a report made to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 5 p.m. local time, Tuesday, from the sheriff’s department requesting assistance after a kayak was located in the northern end of Lake Skegemog. One life jacket was found inside the kayak and another was located about 150 yards away.

Representatives from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department and other area agencies will continue their search throughout the day.

Anyone with information on White should contact the Grand Traverse Sheriff Department at 231-995-5002.

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