KOCHVILLE Twp. – Karl Adam Marker, 87, Kochville Township, has been missing since the morning of Sept. 17.
Michigan State Police (MSP) personnel advise Iosco County residents that Marker has a cabin in the 2500 Block of Benson Road, in Alabaster Township. He also has family in the Gladwin City area.
It was at about 9:50 a.m. when troopers from the MSP Tri-City Post were dispatched to a residence in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township, to investigate a missing person.
Marker was said to have left his home at approximately 8 a.m. that morning. Authorities note that he was heading to the Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw, where he would frequently go to walk for about an hour. Marker did not return home.
He was last seen driving his 2011 GMC Savannah van. It is described as light tan or silver in color, with a Michigan license plate of AUY500.
According to Marker’s family, he suffers from dementia.
A statewide search kicked off that morning, and troopers say they have investigated and exhausted every investigative lead thus far.
On the morning of Sept. 18, a tip directed investigators to the James Township Hall, where a person matching Marker’s description was asking for directions to the mall. The MSP has conducted ground and air searches of the surrounding area and every possible route between Marker’s home and the mall.
In addition to a statewide BOL, this information has been posted on billboards across Michigan. These efforts have been unsuccessful.
The MSP is looking to engage every citizen in the state to locate Marker, who they say may have traveled well outside of the Tri-City area. Authorities are asking people to please watch for him and/or his van.
The MSP have checked Marker’s family cabin in Alabaster Township several times, and say they will continue to do so, in addition to searching for his vehicle.
Marker is a white male, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 185 pounds. He has blue eyes and grey hair.
Anyone who has information, or who may have seen Marker or his vehicle, is encouraged to contact the MSP Tri-City Post at 989-495-5555, provide details via the MSP Mobile App or call 9-1-1.
“Furthermore, we would ask that our local hunters keep an eye out for Mr. Marker’s vehicle as they begin to prep blinds in the area,” stated Lt. Michael Brown, assistant commander of the MSP West Branch Post.
“I want people to be aware MSP is actively searching for him, here and elsewhere, and would hope that if someone has a tip they would bring it to our attention immediately via the tip line or 911,” he adds.
Police say that, with the public’s help, they are hopeful that they can safely reunite Marker with his family.