Body found in Portage Canal

HANCOCK – Hancock police recovered the body of a 33-year-old Hancock man in the Portage Canal Tuesday evening.

The body of Jason Mikkola was recovered on the Hancock side of the canal about 6:30 p.m. Officers who are members of a local dive team recovered the body about 20 yards in front of a family-owned boathouse.

“We presume he had fallen while mooring his boat at the boathouse,” Hancock City Police Department Chief Mike Beaudoin said.

Mikkola had last been seen about 1 a.m. Monday.

Beaudoin said he is waiting for a report from the Houghton County medical examiner. Although the investigation continues, Beaudoin said no foul play is suspected.

Hancock police were assisted by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard.