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About Team MibSAR
& its Services

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) patch
  The Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) patch
  Michael Neiger (bio) of Marquette, Michigan is the
Lead Investigator with MibSAR's Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG). He spent 26 years with the Michigan State Police as a Det./Sgt. in Detroit and Marquette, Michigan

Chimo!* or welcome to the Web portal of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR).

*Chimo is an ancient Inuit -- or eskimoan -- term used to convey the warmest of greetings and salutations.

It's often accompanied by a friendly hand gesture; namely, a circular movement of the left hand over one's heart.

MibSAR is a small, largely non-motorized, Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) founded in 2008 by Michael Neiger (bio) -- an independent investigator -- as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP).

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
-- Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965 French theologian, medical missionary, philosopher, musician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner

  Michael Neiger conducts searches and investigations in the bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada on foot, snowshoe, or ski as well as by fat-tire mountain bike and canoe

Through his special operations group (SOG), he investigates select, unsolved, long-term-missing cases and cold-case homicides in the remote bush between the Upper Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean in Canada.

If you want happiness for an hour,
...take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day,
...go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year,
...inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, someone else.

-- Ancient Chinese proverb

In certain cases, Michael's services include:

  • ground searches and investigations,
  • crime scene processing,
  • searches with specialized cadaver, human-remains-detection (HRD), and scent-trailing K-9 teams
  • case consultations and referrals,
  • design and hosting of missing-person or investigative websites,
  • social-media-friendly, missing-person poster design,
  • printing of missing-person posters,
  • rewards,
  • coordinating anonymous, online tip-reporting through Crime Stoppers.

When you cease to make a contribution, begin to die.
-- Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962 Civil rights advocate, author, speaker, politician, and activist Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

His community outreach efforts include:

  • wilderness skills and survival classes for groups in the Upper Peninsula area,
  • presentations about his work,
  • organizing wilderness trips in the bush of Michigan, and Ontario, Canada,
  • and designing topographic-based maps for race directors of muscle-powered sports in the Upper Peninsula.

We make a living by what we get, ...but we make a life by what we give.
-- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965 British Prime Minister, statesman, orator, and author

  Michael Neiger
Lead Investigator
Marquette, Michigan

All of Michael's services, work products, classes, presentations, and trips are free of charge -- no money changes hands.

The best way to do good to ourselves, to do it to others;
the right way to gather,
... is to scatter.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a.k.a. Seneca the Younger, 4 B.C. - 65 A.D. Roman statesman, philosopher, and writer

He never collects rewards or accepts donations for his work.

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

-- John Wesley, 1703-1791
Christian theologian and founder of Methodism John Wesley's Rule

If you want to support the search-and-rescue community, please donate to your local, regional, national, or international SAR team, or to Team MibSAR's home team: Marquette County Search and Rescue (MCSAR) at the Marquette County Sheriff's Office.


While MibSAR collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, search-and-rescue teams, task forces, and strike teams regarding on-going investigations and operations, MibSAR is not a traditional, paid, professional, "first-response," search-and-rescue unit.

MibSAR is a small, civilian, all-volunteer, Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) of last resort that specializes in working on select, unsolved, long-term-missing (LTM) cases and cold-case murder investigations, primarily ones that searching or other work on has been suspended by the agency of jurisdiction.

An incident requiring emergency search and rescue (SAR) should be immediately referred to the agency with jurisdiction over the area where the incident occurred -- often a sheriffs department in Michigan, or the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Ontario, Canada -- by calling 911 immediately.



People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it.

-- Author unknown

If you've been able to read this Web page...
thank a Teacher;
If you've been able to read this Web page in English...
thank a Veteran.

-- Author unknown

Copyright © 1984-2020 by Michael A. Neiger

Contact Michael Neiger via e-mail at

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