Search for missing man suspended due to opening day of firearm deer season
The search for the mentally handicapped man out of Rogers City has been suspended due to the opening day of firearm deer season.
According to the Presque Isle County Sheriff, officials feel it would be unsafe to have search parties in the woods in such a populated hunting area looking for Michael Schepke.
The Sheriff said, however, that his office is still investigating the whereabouts of Schepke and are following up on every lead.
"We need you to be our eyes, with the amount of people that are going to be in the woods the next few days and the enormous amount of land that you will cover," Sheriff Paschke is asking the public. "We are asking that you be observant for any discarded clothing or anything out of the ordinary."
Schepke, 47, was last seen Sunday afternoon walking on Birchwood Drive near Rogers City. He was seen wearing dark colored pants, a heavy blue fall jacket, a black baseball cap with "Alaska" printed on it and brown above-the-ankle boots.
Police said Schepke is a diabetic and mentally handicapped and in need of his medication.
The Sheriff reports the investigation is mostly focused on Rogers, Moltke and Ocqueoc townships.
Anyone with information about Schepke's whereabouts is asked to contact the Presque Isle County Sheriff's Office at 989-734-2156.