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Searchers look for body of missing man

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(08/09/12) - Searchers were back in Genesee County Thursday, looking for the body of a missing man.

About 60 police officers and firefighters combed fields and forests of Montrose Township north of M-57.

"We all know this is a shot in the dark, but it's the best shot we've got and we're going to take it," said Capt. Bob Redmond of the Troy Police Department.

Armed with maps and GPS units, searchers gathered at the Montrose Township Fire Department - the command center for the operation.

Police arrested 21-year-old Patrick Mikes Junior Wednesday night in connection with his father's death.

They believe Patrick Mikes Senior was killed in the basement of his Troy home on July 27. But where is the body?

"Our investigation leads us to believe this is the highest likely possibility of where the body was placed," Redmond said.

Investigators looked in Montrose Township last week, but came up empty handed.

Over the past few days, they returned to speak with homeowners in the area and show pictures of the son's gray four-door Infiniti. Two people said they saw a similar-looking car.

"Yes, we have blood inside the car. That's why we believe the body was transported in the trunk of the car to the location," Redmond said.

Seventeen teams of searchers, with help from police dogs, scoured a 20-square mile area. Most are police officers from Oakland County, but Montrose Township firefighters have joined them.

There's no definite evidence that Mikes' body is here, but police feel the search is worth the effort.

"We're doing it not just based on our gut feelings, but based on all the evidence we compiled. I think we're in the right area," Redmond said.

Thursday afternoon in Troy, Mikes Junior was arraigned in district court on an open charge of murder. He's being held without bond in the Oakland County Jail.

The search ended late Thursday afternoon without the discovery of Mikes body.

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