Police: Karl Marker’s vehicle found in Northern Michigan, unidentified body found nearby

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Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 12:01 AM EDT
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WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan State Police say they recovered the missing van belonging to 87-year-old Karl Marker, who disappeared last month, and an unidentified body nearby.

Family members believe it is Marker’s body.

According to Michigan State Police, the van was found Sunday in Wexford County’s Slagle Township just south of Harrietta after a local reported it abandoned. The van was located on a two-track disabled in the mud with an unidentified body nearby.

Investigators plan to use dental records to positively identify the body.

The near month-long search for Marker, whose dementia diagnosis led to concern after he was last seen leaving his Saginaw County home in September, inspired a massive community effort that eventually extended statewide.

Marker’s family took to Facebook soon after the discovery, announcing on its newly established “10 for Karl Marker” page that he had been found in a statement that read in part: “It is not the outcome we were hoping for, but the closure we desperately needed.”

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with ABC 12 for updates.

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