Woman and son located safe in Porcupine Mountains

SILVER CITY – A Michigan State Police K-9 unit from the Calumet post located a 37-year-old mother and her 11-year-old son today who had been missing at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park overnight.

The two Rothschild, Wis. residents, whose names police did not release, were found in good spirits and were reunited with family members earlier today.

Police said troopers from the Wakefield post were dispatched to the Lake of the Clouds viewing area at about 8:30 p.m. CST Tuesday. The woman and her son had become separated from other family members, while attempting to take another route back to the viewing area.

Police were assisted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources park rangers in trying to locate the missing persons. The Calumet post K-9 unit was sent to the area, but could not track the woman and her son.

At 2 a.m. today, the search was suspended because of poor lighting conditions and low visibility. The search resumed at 6 a.m. and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter joined the search of the area at 8:20 a.m. About 10 minutes later, the woman and her son were found by the K-9 unit along the Carp River Trail, about a half mile from where they were last seen.

Troopers were assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department and the Ontonagon Community Emergency Response Team.