Safe After Search: Family of four emerges after spending night lost in Porkies SP

Photo provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Four hikers who got lost Saturday en route to the Lake of the Clouds (pictured here) in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, safely emerged from the woods on their own Sunday morning.

WAKEFIELD — A couple and two boys hiked out of the woods Sunday morning, having spent the night lost in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

An extensive search was launched Saturday evening, when the group didn’t return from a walk to Lake of the Clouds.

“Luckily, it wasn’t winter time,” said Sgt. Glen Gauthier, from the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post. “They finally walked out to a road.”

Park Interpreter Bob Wild said the group was day hikers and the four who were lost emerged on their own midmorning Sunday.

Gauthier and Wild declined to name the individuals involved or where they live.

Gauthier did say a couple and two brothers, ages 13 and 19, were reported missing about 10 p.m. Saturday by a man who’d accompanied them on a hike in the park. The man told police he stayed behind earlier Saturday when the other four ventured off towards the lake, apparently getting lost along the way.

No foul play is suspected in the matter.

Michigan State Police personnel and a canine unit from the Wakefield Post joined park staff to search for the four, Gauthier said.

He said a U.S. Coast Guard plane deployed from Traverse City also searched the area, but also failed to locate the missing people.

In addition, another helicopter — this one from the state police — was cancelled while fueling in Marquette Sunday morning as the four were discovered safe and sound, ending the search, Gauthier said.

Gauthier said search and rescue missions in the park are relatively common, occurring once or twice a year.

“It happens all the time,” he said. “It’s pretty frequent we have to do a search-and-rescue in that area.”