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UPDATE: Body of 80-year-old Alston man found

Maki is around 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds.
Maki is around 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds.(WLUC)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 7:25 AM EDT
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LAIRD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The body of 80-year-old Howard Maki was found Sunday afternoon, according to The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office.

Maki’s 2001 silver Isuzu Trooper was located on Friday on the snowmobile Trail #109 off the Alston Cemetery Road in Laird Township with a flat tire and no one inside the vehicle.

An extensive search was then conducted in the area including several agencies and volunteers.

Around 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon a deputy from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department and a member of the Superior Search and Rescue Team were driving on the sheriff’s department’s side by side when the deceased body was located on the old snowmobile trail.

Maki’s body was about 1.75 miles away from the location of his recovered vehicle. Deputies said it appeared the body had been there for several days.

The Alston man was last seen in Hancock on Monday June 7, 2021 and also suffered from dementia.

Maki was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of death is under investigation but foul play has been ruled out as of now.

His body has been released to the funeral home and the case has been forwarded to the Houghton County Medical Office for further investigation.

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