HOUGHTON LAKE — The search for Jeff Hurley and Alexandria Foust was restarted Tuesday after being called off last week, Michigan State Police said.
Houghton Lake Trooper Brian Kobaldt said a team was out in the area of the Dead Stream Swamp Tuesday and were still out searching as of nearly 4 p.m. The team included K-9 and aerial support. Kobaldt added that the team had not found either Hurley or Foust or signs of they had been where searchers were looking.
Generally, they will search until dusk. I'm not sure of the plans after (Tuesday), but it is a safe assumption the search will continue," he said.
Police asked hunters who will be taking to the woods in the Dead Stream Swamp area on Nov. 15 to watch for signs of the two and to not disturb the area if signs of the two are found and to call the police or call 911. Kobaldt said a trooper visited various hunting camps in the Dead Stream Swamp area Monday to take with hunters.
State police said that Hurley, 34 of Prudenville, and Foust, 19, of Cadillac, were reported missing on Nov. 7 in Norwich Township in Missaukee County. That day hunters found a vehicle and personal belongings from the two missing subjects on a gas pipeline in Norwich Township of Missaukee County. A witness reported seeing the couple driving the vehicle into the area on Nov. 7. The vehicle was stuck in mud at the time of its discovery.
The Michigan State Police Houghton Lake post immediately initiated a search for the missing pair in the Dead Stream Swamp. They were assisted by members of the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police Canine Unit, the Michigan State Police Aviation Unit, and detectives from the Michigan State Police Seventh District Special Investigation Section.
Multiple aviation missions were flown over the area in support of multiple Michigan State Police K-9 teams on the ground. A missing/endangered person release was shared with all local print, radio, and television media.
Media outlets asked for anyone with contact with or information about the missing subjects to call 911 or call the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post. Detectives made contact with all known associates and family members in hopes the couple had found their way out of the swamp and made contact with friends.
The frigid weather dropping into the teens and delivering freezing rain and snow were taken into account as the search efforts pressed on for multiple days. On Thursday, Nov. 9, the area received four inches of fresh snow with extreme cold weather conditions. The search efforts confirmed the couple’s presence in the area with multiple personal items located by K-9 teams and retrieved. However, the search efforts did not result in the location of Hurley or Foust.