Missing Holt Man Found Dead After Long Search

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

It's the most commotion Elizabeth Wiginton has ever seen in the quiet town of Tompkins: "Ambulances, police cars, there was a sheriff's horse even."

A tragedy happening so close to home, reminding her how large and thick the forest near her home is: "We usually lose our dogs in our back yard at least once a week."

When 62-year-old Charles Gehringer's two beagles returned home without him from a walk through that forest, his family went to look for him on his routine path.

When they couldn't find him, they called the police: "We threw the whole weight of the State Police behind it ... our multiple canine units, we did fly the helicopter three times," said First Lieu tenet Michael Krumm of the Michigan State Police.

When Gehringer's body was found around 10 in the morning by the canine unit, he was only about an eighth of a mile from where his family said he began his walk.

But the reason why it took dozens of people searching to finally find Gehringer, is because his body was hidden under a lot of brush, while wearing colors that camouflaged him.

"There were no signs of any trauma, struggle or disturbance. It looked like, for all intensive purposes, he was walking, had a medical condition, and expired right there," continued Krumm.

Gehringer's family thinks his death may have something to do with his type two diabetes. His autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, but it could take months before we know exactly what cased his death.

Gehringer worked at Dart Container in Mason.

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