Body of missing Tuscola County man found in Sebewaing River

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HURON COUNTY (WJRT) - (1/2/2019) - Deputies say the body of a missing Tuscola County man has been found in the Sebewaing River.

The body of 21-year-old Parker Haire of Cass City was found in waist deep water surrounded by tall grasses in the river around 8:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Haire was last heard from on New Year's Eve when he called 911 in Huron County. He told dispatchers he was cold, wet and lost.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office used cell phone signals to track Haire's location to Sebewaing Township. They say his Jeep was found at Bay Shore Camp on Tuesday stuck in the mud.

Police and fire crews used air boats and helicopters as they searched for him.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson pointed out water temperatures were in the mid-30s and air temperatures dipped into the 20s. The human survival rate in those conditions generally is less than an hour.

Haire was a student at Michigan State University. Police believe he may have been at a party on Thomas Road in the Unionville area on New Year's Eve. He may have been attempting to return to the party and got lost.

Unionville is about six miles from where his body was found.

"There is a path going out there, but I can't imagine he -- I'm thinking he went the other way, didn't go across that bridge to get out there, just didn't know where he was," said Linda Cramer, who runs the Sebewaing Senior Meal Site near where his body was located.

Hanson believes Haire walked south down Miller Street to Union Street, then west bound to the location where he was found. He likely walked along the Sebewaing River point and got onto a sheet of 3-inch thick ice.

As he contained walking along the point, Hanson said Haire reached a patch of grass about 100 yards from shore. The ice thinned around the grass and he apparently fell through.

Investigators don't believe foul play was involved in Haire's death.

"My sympathy goes out to his family," Cramer said.

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