DNR-led search teams find Ontonagon County man

Contact: John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

May 25, 2018

An overnight search for an Ontonagon County man ended successfully this afternoon when Carl Thomas Kettunen of Trout Creek was found alive, his off-road-vehicle on top of him.

Search teams from several entities were in Ontonagon County this afternoon, continuing efforts begun Thursday night to locate the 66-year-old man.

The last report of Kettunen's whereabouts had been about 6 p.m. EDT Thursday when, after finishing his dinner, caregivers heard him leave his home at 9183 M-28 on his orange Honda rancher off-road vehicle.

Kettunen reportedly suffers from serious health conditions. Caregivers reported him missing Thursday and a search got under way at about 10:30 p.m. with Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, local firefighters and volunteers.

Search efforts continued throughout the night. Significant rainfall occurring after Kettunen left obscured tracks from his ORV.

This afternoon, more than a dozen search teams were looking for Kettunen, with DNR officers leading the effort.

Additional agencies involved in the search included Superior Search and Rescue, the Ontonagon County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police, MI-TRALE and local volunteers from Trout Creek and Kenton.

A Civil Air Patrol plane was in the air and two additional aircraft were on stand-by, including a DNR plane.

A high-resolution version of Kettunen's photo is available by clicking on the image.