2010-08-01 / Front & Center

Search on for missing man

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

Gerome Peters Gerome Peters MARATHON TWP. — Michigan State Police are searching for an Otter Lake man who went missing in a state game area off Norway Lake Road Wednesday.

Det./Sgt. Mark Reaves, said Gerome Arthur Peters, 54, called his wife on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon saying he’d gone into the woods to relieve himself and he’d become disoriented. Reaves said Peters’ wife told police her husband was hysterical and that he has medical issues involving sugar.

The woman told police she was having difficulty understanding him on the phone and she thought he said he was in the area of Barnes Lake and Lonsberry roads, near a friend’s house. However, the woman said when she went to the area she thought her husband said he was and honked her horn, no one came out of the woods.

The woman

and her daughter spent about three hours searching for Peters on their own before calling police at 8:30 p.m. Police later found Peters’ work truck parked in a state game area parking lot on Northway Lake Road, west of M-24, about three miles from where his wife thought he was.

Reaves said the truck was unlocked and Peters was nowhere in sight. He said two State Police K-9 Units and Lapeer County Sheriff's Office deputies unsuccessfully searched the heavily wooded swampy area. Since then, he said, helicopters from the Michigan State Police and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office have flown search patterns over the area, without success.

A witness told police the truck had been in the parking area since 5 p.m.

Complicating the search, said Reaves, has been the fact that Peters’ cell phone has gone dead since he went missing.

He said the professional welder has been described as a family man with several jobs lined up. Peters, who is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and wears glasses, was last seen wearing blue jeans and a shirt.

Anyone with information about Peters should call the Michigan State Police Post in Lapeer at 810-664- 2905.

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