Investigation ongoing to find missing Evart man

EVART — Investigators from the Michigan State Police have found no signs of 60-year-old Donald Garry Tiegen, who has been missing from Evart since the morning of Nov. 29. However, no foul play is suspected.

According to MSP Sgt. Kim Vetter, members of the MSP Dive Team have been searching the Muskegon River while MSP aviation and canine teams search the area. Now, she said, the investigation has turned into one of recovery instead of rescue, with teams searching the river area by air and with teams of cadaver dogs.

"Unofficially, we think he's in the river," Vetter said. "Officially, the investigation is still ongoing and we're watching his accounts. He's listed as a missing person, so if he tries to apply or open an account somewhere, we'll be notified."

The initial investigation began at approximately 10 a.m. on Nov. 29, when troopers from the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police Post responded to a report of a vehicle in the river near off Trout Haven Drive in Osceola Township just outside of Evart.

Early investigation found that a 2003 GMC Yukon had been driven into the river from the private yard of Tiegen. Troopers were unable to contact the resident and neighbors had not seen him in recent days. The last contact he had with family was on Nov. 29 by phone. Family members advised law enforcement officials that Tiegen is in poor health and may be disoriented or confused.

The vehicle was recovered from the river with the assistance of the Michigan State Police Dive Team and a local towing company. The vehicle was unoccupied and keys were not recovered. It was confirmed that the vehicle belonged to Tiegen.

Individuals with any information about the whereabouts of Tiegen are being asked to call 911.