Missing boy found after six hour search

MENOMINEE – A 10-year-old boy who was missing for about six hours Thursday evening at a farm in Menominee County’s Harris Township has been found safe and sound.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks said that deputies were called to the Getzloff Farm at 7:15 p.m. Thursday for a report of a missing child.

Family members said that 10-year-old Michael Christopher Getzloff had been missing since 5:30 p.m. Although they searched the area, they could not find him.

“Rescuers arrived on scene and a unified command was established with fire, search and rescue, and law enforcement from Menominee and Delta counties,” said Marks. “The incident command post was established near the Getzloff Corn Maze on County Road 551.”

A total of 129 people and two K9 units helped search buildings, corn fields, hay fields, and forests, Marks added.

At 11:22 p.m. Thursday, searchers found the boy in a structure on LaBelle Lane #39.5, which was less than three-fourths of a mile from his home.

Marks noted that the boy was not injured, and the temperature at the time had only dropped to 49 degrees.

According to Marks, the volunteers were instrumental in the search.

“Volunteerism is the cornerstone of our great communities,” he said. “Volunteers mobilized, and organized searches were planned and safely conducted and the child was found safe.”

Assisting at the scene were Delta County Search and Rescue, Bay Area Mounted Search and Rescue, Hermansville Rescue, Rampart paramedics, Harris Township Fire Department, Bark River Township Fire Department, Gourley Township Fire Department, Nadeau Township Fire Department, Spalding Township Fire Department, Menominee County Victim Services Unit, Hannahville Police Department, Michigan State Police, and the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.