Wilmoth found, Ruska in custody

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MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: July 14, 6:00 p.m.
Eric Scott Ruska is in the Marquette County Jail. He has yet to be arraigned in court, which will likely happen Monday morning. As of this update, no formal charges have been filed against Ruska, as law enforcement is still sorting through the details.

On Friday afternoon, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta and Federal authorities held a teleconference to discuss what charges should be brought against Ruska and in which court he will be arraigned.

Officials have told TV6 that Ruska's case could fall within federal jurisdiction since he allegedly held LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth against her will on federal forest land and due to the number of agencies involved.

UPDATE: July 14, 10:39 a.m.

At approximately 4:25 a.m. Friday morning, Eric Scott Ruska and Lee Ann Marie Wilmoth were located at the Shell Gas Station in the City of Munising, in Alger County.

Upon observing Ruska’s vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck, MSP troopers approached and made contact with Ruska and Wilmoth. Troopers then determined that Wilmoth was being held against her will. Ruska was then placed under arrest and is currently being held and interviewed by Michigan State Police detectives. Wilmoth was transported to U.P. Health Systems in Marquette for evaluation where she remains at this time.

The investigation is continuing at this time.

The Michigan State Police would like to thank the public and numerous businesses who provided tip information and assistance and the numerous agencies and resources who assisted with this search and investigation including: U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, U.S. Park Service Law Enforcement, Alger County Sheriff’s Office, Munising City Police Department, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, and the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center. Additional Michigan State Police assets deployed during this search and investigation were the MSP Aviation Section, Marine Services Section, Canine Section, and Eighth District Hometown Security Team.

LeeAnn Wilmoth was found alive Friday morning and Eric Ruska is in custody, a source tells TV6 News.

Search efforts for the pair began Monday morning after they did not return from a fishing trip on Chicago Lake. Investigators feared Ruska would harm Wilmoth because he has a criminal history.

Details on Wilmoth's condition are not immediately available, but she is alive, and Ruska is in custody.

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