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Mike, it is nice to hear that he [Joe Clewley] has not
been forgotten, thank you for all of your efforts.
I appreciate your time and effort you have exerted to
find my Dad. I hope one day a clue arises and we will have an idea of
what happened to him. Have a happy holiday and I wish you well on your
adventures in the upcoming year...
I see you have some upcoming searches planned....
Happy New Year Mike, I hope all is well with you and your
loved ones. Say hello to your fellow MiBSAR companions. I hope this
is a blessed year and your cases are solved one by one until all three
prominent cases are closed....
Hello. I was in the UP on vacation over the weekend with
Teresa Clewley and Family: I want
to thank you for your message in regards to my son.
I would like to applaud your enormous
effort to locate Mr. Clewley. I hope I never get in that situation but
if I would, the Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue is the outfit
Mike, Thanks for your continued
work. I know that my family and I really appreciate the effort you have
made and continue to make. Please extend my thanks to Burt [Crawford]
Thanks for being out there and trying
new methods to locate any evidence. Please extend our appreciation to
Burt Crawford and the others involved over Sunday and Monday.
Just a note to let everyone know
how much I appreciate the sacrifices, effort and skills in helping us
find Joe. I never knew there were such kind and thoughtful people who
would go thru what you folks have gone.
Mike [Neiger] and Chris [Ozminski],
you are definitely our dark cloud's sliver lining!! We truly couldn't
have gotten through these last months without you. Thank you so much
for everything. Especially your friendship!!
Thank you [Michael Neiger] so much
for all of your time and efforts dedicated to the search for our loved
one, Joseph Clewley. Your unwavering support, expertise, and coordination
has been a vital catalyst to any progress that has been made over these
months and we will be forever grateful.
You guys are amazing.....nothing
stops you. Thank you!!
Thank you again for the time Chris
[Ozminski] and you [Michael Neiger] have dedicated to finding my dad
and helping my family....I know that my family and I look at you guys
as more than dedicated searchers....[you're] friends.
I would definitely use them [MiBSAR]
as [K-9] FS [field support] again. They are awesome.
I NEVER trust anyone when it comes
to navigation, observation, and after just a few minutes, I totally
let you [Michael Neiger] handle it and trusted that you were getting
me where I had to go, and we[re] keeping it safe. You were the best
I've worked with....
Thanks again Michael. It's a great
comfort to know you are planning to return to "Joe's Country"
Take care and again, thank you
for everything; your efforts and time given to find my Dad.
The family has been a real help
in keeping this investigation fresh in the minds of the public as well
as this investigator....
I have been struggling for several
days now on how to appropriately thank all who were involved in the
October 11, 12 search, and those who continue to comb the Tahquamenon
State Forest in hopes of finding the elusive Joseph R. Clewley.
Thank you Mike for everything,
as you are a big part of the coordination and communication to all of
the people who have joined us in the search and those who continue to
offer words of hope and strength from afar.
Thanks for your continued efforts
to help find Joe. I hope you or someone is able to locate Joe to give
closure to the lost man's family.
Special thanks to John Shepard
and his fellow property owners along the Tahqua Trail for graciously
granting SAR teams ongoing permission to search their property for any
sign of the whereabouts of Joseph Clewley. The Clewley family, my partner
Chris Ozminski, and myself appreciate your cooperation immensely.
Special thanks to Dave Holcomb
and Kari Dunn of Michigan Search and Rescue (MiSAR) for fielding 6 K-9
teams during SAR Op 12. Your team's time, expertise, and professionalism
were greatly appreciated by the Clewley family, Chris Ozminski, and
myself. We look forward to working with you on future SAR Ops, especially
on November 1-2.
It was very good working with the
MiSAR people (and dogs). They're quite dedicated and kind hearted with
valuable skills. I look forward to working with them again.
I would like to add my continued
thanks to Mike and Chris for the undying efforts that you have displayed.
Thank you for the website and the searches, it has been a comfort when
we aren't able to be there. I hope that we are able to locate my father
soon to put this tragedy to rest. I also would like to thank everyone
who has responded to the thread, I don't feel so alone with your responses.
Thank you for [your] continued
diligence in the quest to find my Dad. It makes it easier to continue
to push through to the next available time for searching when I know
that you guys are out there covering the most likely places that he
could be. My family can not begin to thank you enough, we are blessed
to have such good people as you & Chris helping to locate him.
Please thank Chris [Ozminski] from
all of us for giving his time this past weekend. I am looking forward
to reading his journal.
I pray something turns up soon.
Thanks, Land NavMan, for all you and your associates are doing. It's
certainly a beautiful place!
Thanks for the update and all the
hard work you guys are doing.
Hey Mike...I just wanted to say
thank you for the clue. It was getting very frustrating to search without
any sign of my dad. After approximately fifty days of searching, you
somewhat broke the case with your discovery....
Special thanks to you and the Bush
Rats for your diligent efforts to find Mr. Clewley. Your web site has
helped many of us keep up on how the search is going. Thank you for
the work you have put into the site. On a personal note, Teresa Clewley
is a old friend from high school. There are several of us that graduated
with Teresa that would like to touch base with her and send our support....Our
thoughts are with the Clewley family.
Thank you again for all your efforts.
I don't know what good deed gave us the blessing of having you in our
lives at this particular moment in time; but I'm forever grateful that
we have had your unwavering support, expertise and commitment towards
Dad's search. I have been told by my brother Russ that during your search
this weekend that you were able to [locate an item of clothing]....
Thank you for providing this
website, Joe is my uncle and I check this site often for updates and
information. Aunt Lorraine, I continue to keep you in my thoughts and
prayers. Keep praying
Thanks Mike & fellow
Bushrats for your unwavering support and search operations. Its
of great comfort to know you're out there.
I pray that Joe's family has peace.
Hopefully this tragic event comes to an end soon."And he enjoyed
living the simple life when staying at his circa-1920's Chippewa Hunting
Post, hauling water from a local spring and cooking on a wood stove.
No electricity, no generators, no solar panels, no well, just muscle-based
subsistence living." In my dreams I own a cabin such as this.
I really hope there is
some resolution soon....I feel very bad for the family, the not knowing
must be intolerable. Great to see you again and work with you on a story.
I just wanted to echo thanks
for all you are doing. I frequently check this wonderful site and really
enjoy your photography and writing! Good luck to you and God bless you
for what you are doing.
I admire and respect the effort
you guys have made in helping with this search, He sounds like a great
man. Very unfortunate. At least, he is probably where he enjoyed life
the most. Thanks for the updates and your total effort!!
Thank you and Chris so much for your continued effort.
We appreciate all that you guys have done in an attempt to help us find
our dad. Also, thanks for the kind gift of pasties (A true taste of
the great north country). As you know there is no power or oven at the
camp. We wrapped them in foil and cooked them over a camp fire. They
came out great and were extremely good.
We live at Higgins Lake and have known the Clewley
family for many a year and are so glad we came across your site so that
we can keep up with what is going on. When you see them will you please
let them know that Al & Kay Weeks are keeping them in our prayers
Thank you Mike for continuing
to search for my Dad, it gave us some comfort to know that even though
we had to return home...that you were going to be there searching for
him. All our friends and family continue to read your forum and the
web page for an update on the latest search news....
I'll...put a link from the NCT website
to [Joe Clewleys missing-person] page. Please keep us in the loop
as to progress. I've had Joe and his family in my prayers.
Kudos to you and all the
others who have kept up the effort to find Joe. Let's hope Chip leads
you to him somehow. Whether a rescue or recovery the family will be
grateful for all your efforts.
Thanks for all your efforts
to find this man. This situation is every hiker's worst nightmare....The
whole situation is a good reminder that the NCT is not all as tame as
many people believe.
I would like to thank everyone
who has helped in the Search Rescue Op for my father. I have gained
a respect for the Backpacking group from Mike Neiger and Oz [Chris Ozminski].
These are truly dedicated individuals. My father would be beaming from
the pictures Mike has posted. A quote from my father "You cannot
appreciate or truly discuss the area if you do not leave the quad or
trail". He believed that trails just got you to the area you wanted
to start to investigate.
Thanks again for all the
help Chris and You provided over the weekend. Your attention to detail
is greatly appreciated. I know those beaver floodings are a mess and
it was wonderful that you could cover them for us....With my dad still
missing we greatly appreciate any help we can get from trained individuals
such as yourself....My family and I wanted to extend a great thanks
to you and those individuals wishing to follow your lead into the bush.
Good luck with your efforts
and I hope they find Mr. Clewly alive and well. If anyone could find
him, I'd say you and [Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue] would
be the best bet. Who else would stay out in the bush for multiple nights
and continue on with the search.
Firstly, thank you for
the wonderful website updates. Joe and Lorraine are friends of ours
and we appreciate ALL that you are doing to help....Our thoughts and
prayers are with all those helping in the search, you are all so wonderful,
and our prayers as well for Lorraine and the kids that they soon may
have answers and find Joe....Won't keep you any longer, you are a busy
man, keep up the great work for a great family.
Just wanted to check in
and let you know that Joe, his family and the SAR crews are in my thoughts
I would like to take this
opportunity to thank you for the web site, but most of all, the untiring
efforts put forth by you & many others to find Joe Clewley. It is
just so hard to believe. Joe was a gentle man & loved nature. It
is ironic that the very scenery that he loves would engulf his life.
I have much faith that Joe will be found & God in his mercy will
answer prayers for the family, & all those who searched so valiantly
for him. And of course there are prayers for you & all others who
have searched & continued searching to find him.
I am overwhelmed and without
words to describe my family's gratitude for all that you have done and
continue to do. Your search efforts, communications and website have
brought my Dad's spirit to life for others and keeps our hope alive
that he will be found.
I've been following this
thread since the start. I really hope that this is a search and rescue
and not a recovery mission.
I am writing this on behalf
of the Clewley family, who are unable to post at this time. They would
like to thank everyone involved in the search for all their time and
effort. Your caring and concern means more to us than you will ever
know. God gives everyone different gifts and the mercy and compassion
gifts are very evident through your efforts.
Thank You so much for the
help Mike. My family and I are very appreciative of your assistance.
Best to you and your team!
I am a member of Michigan Search and Rescue (K9 Team out of Lower Peninsula)
that conducted a search. We all left very heavy hearted that the find
was not made and the family could not be given peace. The Clewley family
are truly wonderful people!
The web page you have established
for Joe Clewely is awesome! Thank you for keeping the information about
Joe's disappearance updated. I read your forum daily to see what progress,
if any, has been made in this case...My heart felt prayers go out to
the family but I also wanted to thank you for all the time you have
put into this. Also, I am sure the family appreciates your efforts to
continue the search for Joe.
Best of luck to all searchers.
Michael, excellent job coordinating the effort.
We'd all like to thank you for what
you are doing. I wish I was closer so I could help. I live in upstate
Thanks for your efforts
to assist in finding either Joe or what happened.
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