Michigan State Police have found the missing vehicle belonging to Karl Marker, who disappeared in September, and an unidentified body on Sunday.
Family members believe that the body is that of Marker. According to Michigan State Police Lt. Liz Rich, the identity of the body cannot be confirmed by law enforcement until the medical examiner’s office examines Marker’s dental records.
Nevertheless, Marker’s family posted on the Facebook group “10 for Karl Marker” that “it is with a heavy heart that we want to share Karl has been found today,” late Sunday evening.
The 87-year-old, who was diagnosed with dementia, was known to drive to Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw Township to walk around for an hour. However, based on his cognitive condition, concern was raised when he left his Saginaw County home on September 17.
Marker’s van was found disabled in the mud in Wexford County’s Slagle Township just south of Harrietta, Michigan. Family members have conducted a month long state-wide search for Marker, even offering a $5,000 reward for information that may lead to his discovery. A resident of the Slagle Township contacted local authorities to report Marker’s abandoned vehicle.
Although the “10 for Karl Marker” Facebook group contended that, “it is not the outcome we were hoping for, but the closure we desperately needed,” the investigation is still ongoing.