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Hancock City Council updated on Kangas, mail, child porn cases

Kali Katerberg/ Daily Mining Gazette Hancock Police Chief Wayne Butler delivers his quarterly report to the Hancock City Council.

HANCOCK — Police Chief Wayne Butler provided a quarterly update on major cases and activities to members of the Hancock City Council at its Wednesday meeting. 

Most notably, the missing person investigation for Duane Kangas remains open. The 38-year-old went missing Nov. 7 within a few days of moving to Hancock.

Kangas was last seen on video crossing the bridge after leaving the Krist Gas Station. 

Multiple agencies have been involved but lack a clear point to start the search. 

No vehicle has been found despite scanning by licence plate recognition systems deployed at the bridge, numerous state borders and patrol officers.

Cell phone records have not yet been turned over from the cellular company despite a subpoena. 

“It’s a real mystery,” Butler said.

The investigation is ongoing and any information can be reported to the Hancock Police at (906)-482-3102. 

In other cases, officers dealt with a case of mail theft at the Hancock Post Office.

Investigations with downstate agents and four felony warrants later, an employee was charged, though the case is still in court. 

“You can bring your mail to the Post Office. Nobody’s stealing your mail at the Post Office anymore,” Butler said. 

The third case involved investigations in a child pornography case, which is now in the court system. 

The police were tipped off after Finlandia students noticed suspicious behavior from a guest using a university library computer, which they reported.

Upon investigation, multiple pornographic photos involving children were found.

“Please report things immediately,” Butler requested.

Delays in reporting crime can make investigating far more difficult for officers, he explained.

Other activities included additional training for investigators, prosecutors and officers, including fatal strangulation and active shooter situations.

UP Health System – Portage hospital held an active shooter drill in the past quarter.

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