Houghton man found frozen in woods near Niagara

MARINETTE, Wis. — Niagara firefighters recovered the frozen body of a young Houghton man Sunday evening after a resident earlier in the day reported an abandoned vehicle on a snowmobile trail off Barlow Lake and Brown Spur roads in the town of Niagara, Wis.

The man was identified as Jacob William Gleason, 19, who was thought to have been traveling back to Houghton and had not been heard from for at least a day, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said in a press release.

Authorities began investigating after the man’s vehicle was found about 1:45 p.m., and the firefighters found the body deep in the woods about 8:30 p.m.

Since the group had dwindling cell phone power and didn’t know their exact whereabouts, they stayed in the area and made a fire to stay warm, Sauve said.

Law enforcement officers eventually found them and they all took turns carrying the body out of the woods, Sauve said.

The department has no initial indications why Gleason ended up in a location off a snowmobile trail in a very remote area of the Town of Niagara, Sauve said. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is planned.

The Niagara Rescue Squad, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens, Wisconsin State Patrol, Marinette County deputy coroner and Marinette County dispatchers assisted Marinette County deputies and Niagara firefighters.