missing woman

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI--   Gogebic County officials are investigating the death of a Wisconsin woman.

Wednesday around 7:25 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched in an attempt to locate a 65-year-old 

Woodruff resident. Information received from Wisconsin authorities led the Sheriff’s Office to start searching the areas of Copper Peak and Black River Harbor in Ironwood Township.

Around 8 a.m. located the missing woman’s vehicle in the parking lot at Black River Harbor. They requested the assistance of the Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team.

MUNISING, MI--    Police are searching for a woman at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Kara Moore, 57, was last seen Friday around 5:30 p.m. in the area of Beaver Creek Campground. She was wearing black pants, a purple sweatshirt, a turquoise jacket, and tennis shoes. She was also wearing wire-rimmed glasses and was carrying a multi-colored backpack.

Moore is 5’4” and has gray hair.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Facebook is getting credit for locating an Iron Mountain woman missing in North Africa.

Samantha Ivacko, 32, was reportedly living in Morocco with her Moroccan boyfriend and 6-month-old baby girl when she slipped off the radar. She indicated to her family on February 16 that she wanted to come home. Plane tickets were secured at the American embassy, but Ivacko never picked them up.

Her family filed a missing persons report March 29 and the embassy apparently became involved.

PALMER, MI--   A woman declared missing in Palmer has been found.   

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was notified Sunday that Helen Kontio, 59, went for a walk around 8:45 p.m. and never returned.  Search and rescue crews began searching the Palmer area and along M-35, where Kontio often walked. 

Around 3:45 Monday morning Kontio was found walking on Snyder Street in Palmer.  Investigation revealed she had been at another residence. 

Kontio was in good health.  

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   The search for a missing Manistee County woman has come to an unfortunate end.

The body of Malvika Deshmukh, 28, of Bear Lake was found Saturday, October 29 in Alger County. 

Michigan State Police Detective Sarah Krebs says Deshmukh was near her vehicle, which was found in a remote area near the North Country Trail Head near Rock River Road on September 23.  Krebs says the cause of death is being determined, but foul play is not suspected at this time. 

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   Police are looking for a woman reported missing from downstate Cadillac on September 14.

Officials say Malvika Deshmukh was last seen by friends September 9.  Her car was found last Friday in a remote area near the North Country Trail Head near Rock River Road in Alger County.

The U.S. Forest Service, Michigan State Police, Alger County Sheriff’s Office, and Department of Natural Resources have been searching for Deshmukh but have turned up no leads.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Baraga County Search and Rescue Team is now involved in the search for a missing South Range woman. 

Leah Harding, 31, was last seen April 30.  Friends and family say they haven’t heard from her since.

Search and Rescue Team leader Tom Chosa says he’d like to use the public in various aspects of the search. 

Anyone with information regarding Harding’s whereabouts is asked to call the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office at 482-0055. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a person reported missing last Friday.  

Deputies say Leah Irene Harding, 31, of South Range was last seen on April 30.  Since that time she's had no contact with family or friends. 

Harding is 5’3” and 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. 

Prior to living in South Range Harding resided in L'Anse, and had been a lifelong Nisula resident.

Anyone with information regarding Harding's whereabouts is asked to call the Houghton County Sheriff's Office at 482-0055. 

UPDATE (8/27)--  The Marquette County Sheriff's Department says information received through social media led to the confirmation of a sighting of the missing woman in Marquette.  She was located around 9:45 Wednesday morning in the city, in good health and not in any danger. 

Officials say she could not board her flight at Sawyer because her passport was expired.


SAWYER, MI--   Authorities in Marquette County are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing woman.  

ESCANABA, MI--   Officials have positively identified remains found in the city of Escanaba as those of a woman reported missing in February.  

Escanaba Public Safety says the remains were discovered Wednesday in an industrial area of the city along the shore of Little Bay de Noc.

An autopsy indicated the remains belonged to Jean Marie Lawrence, 56, of Escanaba.  She was reported missing February 6 at 8 p.m. from an adult foster home. 

Preliminary findings for the cause of death indicate she died from exposure.