Search resumes for missing man, woman in Missaukee County

The search for Jeff Hurley and Alexandria Foust was restarted Tuesday after being called off last week, Michigan State Police said.

HOUGHTON LAKE — The search for Jeff Hurley and Alexandria Foust resumed 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 in the late afternoon. The team included K-9 and aerial support. Kobaldt added that the team had not found either Hurley or Foust or signs indicating they had been where searchers were looking.

Generally, they will search until dusk,” Kobaldt said. “I’m not sure of the plans after (Tuesday), but it is a safe assumption the search will continue.”

Police asked hunters who will be taking to the woods in the Dead Stream Swamp area today to watch for signs of the two, to not disturb the area if signs of the two are found and to call the police or 911. Kobaldt said a trooper visited various hunting camps in the Dead Stream Swamp area Monday to talk 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 of Hurley and Foust on a gas pipeline in Norwich Township.

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 several 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 anyone who had contact with or information about Hurley and Foust to call 911 or the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post. Detectives contacted all known associates and family members. hoping the couple had found their way out of the swamp and made contact with friends.

The frigid weather, which dropped into the teens and included freezing rain and snow, affected search efforts, which pressed on for multiple days. On Nov. 9, the area received four inches of fresh snow with extremely cold temperatures. The search efforts confirmed the couple’s presence in the area when multiple personal items located by K-9 teams and retrieved.