SLAGLE Twp. – Authorities have confirmed that a body found in Slagle Township on Oct. 11 is that of Karl Adam Marker, 87, Kochville Township, who was reported missing more than three weeks prior.
A statewide search kicked off soon after the disappearance of Marker, who has a cabin in Alabaster Township, as well as family in the Gladwin City area.
Those from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post say that on the evening of Oct. 11, the vehicle belonging to Marker had been located. It was found in Wexford County’s Slagle Township, just south of the Village of Harrietta, on a two-track roadway disabled in mud.
According to the MSP, an area resident contacted local authorities to report the vehicle as abandoned. Upon further investigation, a body was found within close proximity to the vehicle.
Following an autopsy and dental record comparison, the MSP verified on Oct. 14 that the body was Marker’s.
Detectives advise that his passing is not suspicious in nature, and that exposure to the elements is believed to have contributed to his death.
Police say that at the time he was found, they suspect Marker had been deceased for two weeks.
As previously reported, troopers from the MSP Tri-City Post were dispatched to a residence in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township, on Sept. 17, to investigate a missing person.
Marker’s family told police that he suffered from dementia. He was said to have left his house at approximately 8 a.m. that morning, was last seen driving his van and was headed to a mall where he would frequently go to walk. But he never returned home.
The next morning, a tip directed investigators to the James Township Hall, where a person matching Marker’s description was asking for directions to the shopping center.
Among other measures, the MSP conducted ground and air searches of the surrounding area and every possible route between Marker’s home and the mall; investigated all leads that came in; issued a statewide BOL; checked his family cabin in Alabaster Township several times; and provided a description of both Marker and his vehicle, saying they were looking to engage every citizen in Michigan to help locate him.