Hunter still missing

HOUGHTON — Two bloodhounds and a silver Labrador retriever aided unsuccessful search efforts over the weekend for Rodney Granroth, the Houghton hunter who has been missing for more than a week.

Rodney Granroth, 71, of Hancock, was staying alone at his Portage Township camp when he presumably left sometime Nov. 17 to hunt deer. When he didn’t return home Nov. 18, his family reported him missing at 1:30 p.m.

Houghton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Tom Rosemurgy said Granroth is probably wearing hunter-orange and carrying his rifle, since the gear was missing from the camp, located near Tapiola and Kallungi roads in Portage Township.

Three dogs reportedly joined Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue and others looking for Granroth over the weekend. Michael Neiger, lead investigator of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue, said two bloodhounds from Southern Michigan K-9 Search and Response Unit and a K-9 One Search and Rescue silver lab joined searchers Saturday and Sunday, according to a TV-6 report.

If they don’t find Granroth before the snow gets too deep, Neiger said the search will resume next spring.

Anyone with information on Granroth whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (906) 482-0055.