Search for Granroth continues

Published: Jul. 12, 2017 at 3:50 PM EDT
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The search continues for a Houghton County man who disappeared last November.

"Trying to run down any information we have. Unfortunately, we haven't come up with anything."

Those bleak words from Houghton County Sheriff McLean on the continuing search for 71-year-old Rodney Granroth.

Granroth went missing while hunting last November.

Local authorities and volunteers searched extensively in the days after his disappearance.

In the eight months since then, the trail has run cold.

"There hasn't been a real organized multi-party search. The area has been covered again and again and again. However, we're constantly on the lookout. Our officers are on the street all day every day and also even when they are off duty, they're still looking," says McLean.

One group, Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue has recently been back to the area, extending the original search area, near the Granroth Farm north of Tapiola.

"It's a real needle in a haystack. That's rugged bush over there. It is extremely thick, a lot of lowland, a lot of deep mud. Like I said, there's 5-, 6-foot-tall grass in there. So, it's very challenging. It's an extremely difficult case as anyone who has worked on it knows," says Michael Neiger of Michigan Back Country Search and Rescue.

The Sheriff's Office and Back Country Search and Rescue ask for the public's cooperation and assistance in this investigation.

Anyone with any information can contact the Houghton County Sheriff's Office.