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Charles Raymond Gauthier, a.k.a. Smokey, 87 at the time of his disappearance, Native American male, 5' 4" tall, 130 pounds, missing since March 27, 2001

Charles Gauthier, a.k.a. Smokey, was a dementia patient at the Richmond Residential Care Facility in Palmer, Michigan when he apparently walked away on March 27, 2001. No trace of Charles has ever been found.



The Search


The Negaunee Michigan State Police Post is the agency with jurisdiction over this investigation.


  Marquette County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team
  United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue

The Charles Gauthier missing-person case was investigated by Michigan State Police investigators from the Negaunee Post.

Troopers, State Police K-9 units, and search personel from Marquette County Search and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary searched the Palmer, Michigan area on foot as well as with ATVs, vehicles, and aerial assests.

No trace of Gauthier was found.


In the News

  Read the Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan) online

Reporting, courtesy of the Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan)


Missing-Person Poster

  Charles Gauthier's social-media-friendly missing-person poster

To download a social-media-friendly missing-person poster for Charles Gauthier, click here, and then right click on the image to save it to your computer, or drag it onto your desktop.


Social Media

  National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

The Gauthier missing-person case is listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database.


Report a Tip

  Crime Stoppers USA

Report an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers USA

  • Phone: 1.800.222.8477
  • Internet: Web Tips

Report a tip to the Negauee Post, Michigan State Police

  • 1-906-475-9922 (Case No. 81-833-01)

$1,000 Reward for Tips


Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR)
Marquette, Michigan
United States

MibSAR has posted a $1,000 reward—payable by the Michigan State Police—for information leading to the whereabouts of Charles Gauthier, or for information leading to an arrest and conviction, if foul play was involved in his disappearance.


Operational Cartography


Geo-Magnetic Compass beta

Quadrangle list

  • 1:24,000 USGS Ishpeming, Michigan (1975) Quadrangle
  • 1:24,000 USGS Palmer, Michigan (1975) Quadrangle

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Marquette, Michigan
United States

This missing-person investigative Web site is designed, hosted, and maintained by Michael Neiger—Lead Investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR)—a small, Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) based in Marquette, Michigan whose search-and-recovery operators are dedicated to investigating select unsolved missing-person cases and homicide cold cases in the remote bush between the Great Lakes in northern Michigan, USA, and the Arctic Ocean’s Lower Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada.

All searches, investigations, work products, and other services are provided free of charge to victims, their families, and agencies of jurisdiction.

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