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How to submit a message: To post a note on this message board for the families and friends of missing persons, investigators, or SAR team members, e-mail it to mneiger@hotmail.com or mail it to: Michael Neiger, Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), 313 Jonathan Carver Road, Marquette, Michigan, 49855.


Thanks so much for your time and generosity with photos and advice!
— MJ Dulmage, true-crime author of "Cold: From the Inside," which details the Chris Regan 1st-degree murder and dismemberment investigation, June 5, 2017

MibSAR in the News: Today I had a chance to speak with the founder and leader of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), Michael Neiger [in an interview for the book Cold: From the Inside, detailing the investigation into the 2014 1st-degree murder and dismemberment of Chris Regan in Iron River, Michigan). With 26 years in the Michigan State Police, Michael helped not only in finding evidence (and helped Chief Frizzo know what to look for, which led to finding Chris Regan's remains), but his computer extraction skills provided evidence used to provide proof of premeditation in Regan's murder. Additionally, he has provided photos and documents which will help you, when reading the book, visualize the areas described more completely. His photographs of the search and search areas are fantastic and will virtually put you in the middle of the investigation.
— MJ Dulmage, true-crime author of "Cold: From the Inside," which details the Chris Regan 1st-degree murder and dismemberment investigation, June 4, 2017

It sure was a day for Daniel! Hard to believe it was 2 years ago that you Michael Neiger and your team found him. Let's all light a candle tonight in memory of Daniel and in recognition for you and your awesome team! We extend our gratitude to all of the MibSAR team (Michael, Chris, Todd, Cathy, Charles and Dave) as you continue to search for so many other missing loved ones.
— Daniel Trask Is Found Facebook Page, May 24, 2017

MibSAR is an amazing organization based in Marquette. Michael & his crew do amazing work in Michigan and beyond, and helped to locate Chris Regan's remains, as well as assisted in computer forensics.
— MJ Dulmage, May 25, 2017

Thanks Michael Neiger and Laura Frizzo for participating in this [WJMN] special report. Your hard work on this case helped bring justice to the family of Chris Regan, Sr.
— Cynthia Thompson, May 25, 2017

Michael Neiger you are an angel.
— Rachelle Balconi. May 24, 2017

So great!! Family [Daniel Trask] has closure and rest with knowledge that their loved one is finally at peace. Great job Mike!
— Pat Waugh, May 24, 2017

So glad this family [Daniel Trask] was able to get the closure they needed after three very long years. Thank you for all your hard work in helping bring the lost home.
— Grace Jackson, May 24, 2017

I appreciate what you do for the closure for the families of the missing.
— Mike Den Dooven, May 24, 2017

Michael Neiger & your team are very determined to find results. It took several attempts but with good results in the end you & everyone involved answered so many why's & where. Plus you brought closure to my sis Maureen Trask & Don Daniel Trask is Found. Many, many thanks! to all & stay safe on your journeys.
— Kathy Eliz Ireland, May 24, 2017

Congratulations to Michael Neiger who has earned Nasar's top certification for search/rescue! Be sure to read the entire description of this grueling course to better understand his level of achievement. Thank you, Michael, for your dedication to saving lives and searching for the missing! We are grateful for your services.
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, May 24, 2017

Thanks so much for your persistence [on the Chris Hallaxs case]; we really do appreciate it.
— Chuck & Vicki Hallaxs, May 12, 2017

I admire so much these search groups [MibSAR] that continue on and on to search for our missing loved ones. Cases like this [Oscar Hintta], in the UP especially which is remote and with frigid temperatures, take great skill and determination. Thank you Michael Neiger!
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, May 12, 2017

He [Michael Neiger] is so committed and professional. A true blessing to these families and missing loved ones.
— Jessie Kanehl, May 12, 2017

Thanks for all your effort.
— Kendra Schmitt, May 5, 2017

Go get em Michael!! I'd love to find out what the heck is going on with the missing in the national parks! Good luck on the interview. If anyone can find out what is going on, it's you and your team. Keep us posted!
— Tim Story, May 4, 2017

MibSAR in the News: Six-part half-hour WJMN (CBS) TV special: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Thank you so much for all of your help! It's too bad the special is only a half an hour long...
— Mollie Hollebeke, WJMN Local 3, May 4, 2017

You are going to be very famous for what you do. And much deserved Michael. I've said it since the first time I met you [Regan case]. That's why you were/are a threat to any egomaniac detectives. I am truly so fortunate to have worked in your company and learned so much from you. Thank you.
— Chief Laura Frizzo, Iron River Police Department, May 4, 2017

Nice work in the field, your team has been doing great.
— Errol Lukkarinen, May 3, 2017

A big thank you, Michael and Catherine, for the volunteer work you do.
— Susan Roubal, April 26, 2017

So great that you found ... Andy Bray. People say it's a miracle but you always have a well thought out plan which leads to your success [Andrew Bray case]!
— Anonymous, April 26, 2017

Mike's commitment and professional planning and tactics far exceed those of many searchers. Great guy to work with and learn from. Great job on this case [Andy Bray].
— Pat Lamson, April 25, 2017

Perseverance! You do a great service to that part of the state which is so remote and searches so difficult with the inclement weather and terrain.
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, April 25, 2017

I commend your services and all others that assisted. The [Matson] family must be ever grateful for your efforts!
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, April 25, 2017

Great Job everyone [Bray case]!!!!!
— Tim Story, April 24, 2017

I can't thank you enough, sincerely from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the family [for finding Andy Bray]. While it's a difficult time it finally brings some closure and he can finally be laid to rest. Thank you again, for everything.
— Kelly Bray Buckland, April 23, 2017

Closure for the family, my condolences. Great job search team [Bray case]!
— Jamie Wirgau, April 23, 2017

Good work! Now his loved ones can have closure [Bray case].
— Greg Young, April 23, 2017

Such a sad ending, but your team deserves kudos for all the hard work [Bray case].
— MJ Dulmage, April 23, 2017

Good job team [Bray case].
— Laura Frizzo, April 23, 2017

All of my condolences to his family, friends and the search team [Bray case].
— Kristen Millar, April 23, 2017

Thanks to you and MibSAR, this family now have their loved one back, though for a sad ending, sincere condolences to Andy's family and many thanks to Mike and his team [Bray case]!
— Maureen Trask, April 23, 2017

Prayers for his family. Job well done to you and your team [Bray case]!
— Amy Asher, April 23, 2017

Well done, condolences to the family [Bray case].
— Matt Acker, April 23, 2017

Excellent work for your team...bringing closure to a family is a gift albeit a very sad time [Bray case].
— Janet Koistenen, April 23, 2017

So proud of you guys. Prayers for the family [Bray case].
—Lee Sermon Parker, April 23, 2017

Your work and persistence is admirable, and brings a degree if peace and solitude to those that loved and cared [Bray case].
— Jonathan Schechter, April 23, 2017

The SAR world is very fortunate to have you giving of your time and skills. Well done Michael. Well done MiBSAR. God bless this family [Bray case].
— Pat Lamson, April 23, 2017

My heart goes out to his family and friends. Your team did a great job finding him for the family closure [Bray case].
— Elizabethanne Nelson, April 23, 2017

Prayers for the Bray Family. Thank you for all that you and your team do, under the most difficult circumstances. God bless you [Bray case].
— Maria Ware Appleby, April 23, 2017

Great job [Bray case].
— Julie Johnston, April 23, 2017

Well done team. Condolences for his family [Bray case].
— David Goodyear, April 23, 2017

I am so glad he was found. The Family now can have closure [Bray case].
— Calvin E. McCaslin, Jr., April 23, 2017

Well done [Bray case].
— Chris Latta, April 23, 2017

Your work is tough enough, Michael , and then even a positive solution is bittersweet. Thank you to both you and Catherine Parker for your diligence [Bray case].
— Susan Roubal, April 23, 2017

Great job [Bray case].
— Dennis Roubal, April 23, 2017

Our family thanks everyone for the thoughts, prayers, and the search in finding my cousin [Bray case].
— Rayne Cronick, April 23, 2017

Thank you for using your talents to bless others [Bray case].
— Rachelle Balconi, April 23, 2017

Your team does a great job [Bray case].
— Timothy Pifher, April 23, 2017

Job Well Done Michael and Team! Your dedication to contiue searching when all other efforts have stopped is amazing! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and now they can have closure [Bray case].
— Chris Moe-Herlick, April 24, 2017

Well done [Bray case].
— Donald Muir Watson, April 24, 2017

Well done! Gives the rest of us hope [Bray case].
— Marilynn Swanger, April 26, 2017

I hope you can help the [Schepke] family with closure.
— Janmarie Kendzorski, April 11, 2017

It's so enjoyable to see someone do so much good for others!
— Sheryl Stringer, April 5, 2017

I recently finished school for becoming a WEMT and received certifications for completion of studies and national registry requirements. While I was there, one of my fellow classmates who works for team rubicon told me about your organization and pointed me towards your website. I gave it a brief glance and was immediately blown away by your discipline, credentials, and attention to detail.
— Alex Dean, April 2, 2017

Many thanks for what you do, and for inspiring a new generation of people willing to work in all conditions.
— Sebastian Dawson, March 29, 2017

Great team!
— Kathy Eliz Ireland, April 2, 2017

Mikel is my husband's uncle, we definitely need to know where he is .... Thank you so much. It is greatly appreciated.
— Eileen Anderson, April 2, 2017

Thank you Michael for taking on the Schepke case.
— Cheri Schiellerd, April 1, 2017

I grew up outside of Rogers City and know about this case [Mikel Schepke]. I'll be keeping tabs on your progress. Thanks for everything you do, Michael.
— Mo Charbonneau, April 1, 2017

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your help Michael Neiger [James Hepworth case]. You are truly a wonderful person! You made a difference in our lives.
— Amanda Hepworth, March 30, 2017

A big Thank you, we are mobilising ourselves, mostly South African Police men, Paramedics, Fire Fighters, ex Miltary and privates, as well as Ngos to take Disaster management to a 1st world level, we are a small team, growing day by day, but we no longer can sit back and wait for diaster after disaster , waiting for someone else to do something, Even as I speak there is a fire in the harbour that has darkened the skyies , If we want to enhance our skills, it is very hard to get selected as well as very expensive , so South Africa Search and Rescue has allowed me to do a trial programme to get relevant expertise to teach our fellow brothers how to handle any situation. I have opened a facebook Page to organise this training, you welcome to monitor us and any advice would be greatly appreciated, We need SAR in Africa.
— Sean Kuryszczuk, March 24, 2017

Thanks for ALL of your hard work on behalf of the poor souls still lost.
— David Pawlowski, March 21, 2017

You do great work Sir......both nations are lucky to have your services! 
— Jamie Yarduk, March 17, 2107

Great idea!! And thank you MibSAR for offering this free service for those of us who advocate for our missing loved ones!!
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, March 17, 2017

What a great service you are providing for the missing by providing place mats pro bono! You have a big heart!
— Ardis Wait Renkoski, March 17, 2017

You should be proud, Mike. I won't lie, it was a hard read and conjured up a lot of memories; but it is good, if for no other reason, then for others to understand how difficult it is for family and volunteers to marshal resources and strength to keep up search efforts. A truly miraculous thing would be for an angel investor to read this or that more people become involved as volunteers. People as dedicated and selfless as you, are a rare breed. We are so fortunate to have your support [on Joe Clewley search].
— Jamie Anderson, March 16, 2017

Given the remoteness of the [Joseph Clewley search] location, we were very blessed with support from the county and state. We have nothing but gratitude for the search effort, but this article really shows how difficult it is to get and sustain that support in these areas, especially on the dreaded day when rescue turns to recovery. That's when volunteer groups like Michael Neiger's Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue and Michigan Search and Rescue are so critical for the families. We are fortunate. Mike still searches to this day.
— Jamie Anderson, March 16, 2017

If anyone would know about searching in the wilderness, you and your team would know!
— Maureen Trask, March 16, 2017

I'm astounded and sad by how many new [missing-person] cases there are each year. Makes me even more grateful that you will have the time to revisit the [Joe Clewley] search area. Thank you so very much.
— Jamie Anderson, March 16, 2017

TY, TY! Michael Neiger for this Aundria Bowman filer and web page!
— Cathy Terkanian, March 12, 2017

We would like to acknowledge MibSAR and Michael Neiger for the skill and exhaustive efforts brought to the Chris Regan case. Thanks to Chief Frizzo's determination and your many professional contributions to this wide ranging investigation - this case is closed. Job well done Mike ! From your friends at K-9 ONE SAR.
— Pat Lamson, K-9 One SAR, March 1, 2017

Good work everyone [Regan first-degree murder & dismemberment trial]!
— Greg Young, March 3, 2017

Awesome work to all of those who worked so hard to get answers for his family and friends [Regan first-degree murder & dismemberment trial].
— Jody Newman, March 3, 2017

Awesome work on the case and in trial, Michael [Regan first-degree murder & dismemberment trial]. Your testimony was very interesting to watch. I have never seen you in the courtroom- was impressive. Good work!
— Susan Roubal, March 3, 2017

Thank you so much for all your work on this. The entire investigative and prosecutorial team was stellar [Regan first-degree murder & dismemberment trial].
— MJ Dulmage, March 3, 2017

Justice [Regan first-degree murder & dismemberment trial]!
— Amy Asher, March 4, 2017

MibSAR in the News: April 2017 Outside Magazine "How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace," by Jon Billman

Keep up the good work!
— Greg Young, January 16, 2017

I'm still grieving and sick to my stomach. Michael Neiger, I can't thank you enough for the work you are doing. I just keep thinking, no one [Rodney Granroth] just disappears.
— Marlynn Swanger, January 16, 2017

Thank you for everyting.
— Adam Granroth, January 15, 2017

Thank you.
— Rue Snow, January 15, 2017

Thank you to all who serve and and those who served in the past. We have many who gave all in their service more recently. Thanks, Michael Neiger, for all you have been doing since November for my family.
— Marlynn Swanger, January 9, 2017

Thank you, Michael, for serving with MSP for 26 years, and for your ongoing work helping families with missing loved ones.
— Catherine Parker, January 9, 2017

Thank you for the work you do. I hope we meet in the future.
— Marilynn Swanger, January 8, 2017

So again, thank you, thank you for everything you do, everything you've done, and will do in the future to help the missing.
— Kellie Fireball Yunginger, January 7, 2017

Keep up the good work!
— Rue Snow, January 7, 2017

MibSAR in the News: January 7, 2017 The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton, Michigan)

I can tell you that having Michael Neiger and his team is probably some of the best you will get in Michigan.
— Kellie Fireball Yunginger, January 5, 2017

Your dedication and commitment is astounding!
— Margee Comfort, January 4, 2016

Thank you for helping us spread the word. God bless you.
— Kelly Bray Buckland, January 4, 2016

Thank you for your diligence [Granroth Case].
— Marilynn Swanger, December 28, 2016

Merry chirstmas thank you and God Bless for helping these families.
— Marsha Musial, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas...you are helping so many....thank you for all you do.
— Janet Koistenen, December 24, 2016

I wish I had your team looking for my son . I think what you do for all these families is amazing !! Thank you for all you do!
— Michelle Strobel, December 21, 2016

MibSAR in the News: The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton, Michigan), December 16, 2016

I thank you, Michael Neiger, for all the endless work you are doing in helping find our father, brother, uncle and husband [Rodney Granroth]. We can't stop all the wondering that keeps us awake at night and thinking during the day.
— Marilynn Swanger, December 14, 2016

Great job Michael Neiger , as always! [Rodney Granroth case]
— Maureen Trask, December 13, 2016

Thank you, Mike for your dedication [Rodney Granroth case].
— Kathy Binoniemi, December 13, 2016

Thank you, Mike. Continued prayers for your safety and the family - more now than ever [Rodney Granroth case].
— Jamie Clewley Anderson, December 13, 2016

Thank you for all you're doing for our [Granroth] family.
— Christy Binoniemi, December 13, 2016

God bless you Mike! [Rodney Granroth case]
— Margee Comfort, December 13, 2016

Thank you Michael and all the support of the other searchers and those helping out [Rodney Granroth case].
— Garfield Rowe, December 13, 2016

Thank you for this update and for all that you are doing to find my Uncle [Rodney Granroth].
— Connie Granroth-Eardley, December 11, 2016

You do great work, you keep on when others get discouraged.. I say again, thank you so very much for looking for my brother, Rodney [Granroth]. Still have a hard time believing this.
— Marilynn Swanger, December 10, 2016

MibSAR in the News: ABC 10, December 12, 2016

I certainly appreciate your dedication [Rodney Granroth case].
— Marilynn Swanger, December 9, 2016

MibSAR in the News: ABC 10, December 7, 2016

Michael, Thank you for continuing to look for my uncle Rodney [Granroth].  He is a great guy, very helpful, likes everyone, and family is everything to him.  He is great at the harmonica, taught himself, and can play about anything and polkas.  We appreciate your efforts. Thank you very much and let me know if you need anything.
— Susan Sorensen, December 6, 2016

Thank you so much for everything you are doing [Granroth Case]. I hope our paths cross while I'm up north this spring and summer.
— Marilynn Swanger, December 5, 2016

I haven't met you, yet, but I hope to some day soon. In the meantime I want to thank you for all you've done for my family [Granroth]...My cousin...speaks very highly of you. We are grateful and truly appreciate your dedication, respect for the situation and determination. Thank you.
— Kathy Binoniemi, December 5, 2016

I thank you for your tireless efforts in [the Granroth] search.
— Amanda Phelps, December 5, 2016

MibSAR in the News: ABC 10, December 5, 2016

It was great meeting and working with you this past weekend, Mike. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
— Grace Jackson, December 5, 2016

Wow, thank you for continuing a search for my cousin.
— Pauline Davis, December 4, 2016

So good to hear you are still here although you are so great in the woods so it is no surprise! Thanks for being you.
—Sandee Ware, December 4, 2016

Giving these talented people and animals comfortable lodging is the least the [Granroth] family could do.
— Vickie Myllyoja, December 4, 2016

You and your team spend endless hours of training, hiking, searching, collecting, and its all done from the heart, of really good people..Just know we are so lucky to have your team and you for the missing....
— Jody Newman, December 1, 2016

Thank you for not giving up!! He's out there somewhere, we know that.
— Kendra Schmitt, December 1, 2016

Mike, it was a pleasure meeting you this summer. Thank you for your time & effort searching for my husband James. What you do for families is amazing. Thank you so much. Stay safe this year and may you help bring closure to many hearts.
— Amanda Hepworth, December 1, 2016

Mike you and your group are so wonderful to the families of the missing...Thank you for all you do...
— Jody Newman, December 1, 2016

You do good work.
— Catherine Parker, December 1, 2016

I am so glad that you haven't given up on finding my brother, Rodney. God Bless You!!!
— Joyce Swanger, December 1, 2016

MibSAR in the News: Daily Mining Gazette, November 28, 2016

Thank you for everything you are doing. I hope you can solve part of the mystery.
— Marilynn Swanger, November 26, 2016

God bless the work you and others are doing to find Mr. Granroth.
— Katie Shula, November 26, 2016

Thank you Michael Neiger on your commitment to finding my uncle.
— Connie Granroth-Eardley, November 26, 2016

MibSAR in the News: TV 6, November 26, 2016

Thank you!
— Pauline Davis, November 26, 2016

Thank you for being out there looking [for my father, Rodney Granroth]
— Vickie Myllyoja, November 25, 2016

We really appreciate all the work at trying to find my uncle.
— Susan Sorensen, November 24, 2016

Hi Mike...Saw you on the news and wanted to say thanks for doing what you do. Take care.
— Brandon Erickson, November 24, 2016

MibSAR in the News: TV 6, November 23, 2016

God bless you and your efforts!
— Margee Comfort, November 23, 2016

Michael, Your kind expression of sympathy and friendship will always remain in our memories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
— Bala, Shubhy, and Awanti Deshmukh, November 23, 2016

MibSAR in the News: ABC 10, November 22, 2016

Amazing work you do, Michael Neiger.
— Ann Carefoot Gingrich, November 22, 2016

MibSAR in the News: Mining Journal, November 22, 2016

Thanks for what you do.
— Renee Prusi, November 22, 2016

MibSAR in the New: ABC 10, November 21, 2016

MibSAR in the News: TV 6, November 21, 2016

Amazing! Michael Neiger continues to help OPP with this 13 year missing person's case [Michael Linklater].
— Maureen Trask, November 15, 2016

Every clue matters. Thanks to you and your team for keeping the hope alive for Michael's [Linklater's] Family.
— Maureen Trask, November 15, 2016

He [Michael Neiger] leaves no stone unturned, quite literally. We are so fortunate to have people like him in this world.
— Jamie Anderson, November 13, 2016

This wonderful man [Michael Neiger] and his crew volunteer their time and resources to search for the missing in wilderness areas. This weekend Mike has once again dedicated his efforts to search for my Dad [Joe Clewley]. Knowing he is out there looking keeps our hope alive that someday he might be found. Thank you, Michael Neiger. It means more to us than you could ever know.
— Jamie Anderson, November 12, 2016

Thank you, Mike. We continue our prayers and wish you safe travels in Joe's [Clewley] Country. — Jamie Anderson, November 12, 2016

Thank you very much for everything you continue to do for Malvi [Deshmukh]. Peace and love.
— Rockie Raccoon, November 6, 2016

Much love to her [Malvi Deshmukh's] family, friends, and the team. You have a hard but soul-satisfying job, Michael.
— Margee Comfort, November 6, 2016

Agree, without Mike and his team, we are certain our son Daniel [Trask] would not have been found.
— Maureen Trask, November 3, 2016

Thank you for everything you did to help Malvi [Deshmukh], her family, and her friends.
— Maria Ware Appleby, November 2, 2016

That's a beautiful [Malvika Deshmukh] tribute page, Michael.
— Catherine Park, November 2, 2016

Truly a lovely memorial page Michael Neiger.
— Debby Roberts Bergeon, November 2, 2016

Very beautiful tribute page, Michael.
— Amy Marie, November 2, 2016

Thank you for you efforts in looking for Malvi [Deshmukh]. She was a very dear friend to me.
— Rockie Raccoon, November 1, 2016

Thank you for your efforts of trying to find Malvi [Deshmukh].
— Mike Den Dooven, November 1, 2016

So sad. Thank you, Michael, for your efforts in searching for Malvi [Deshmukh]. You are highly skilled with a good heart. Sometimes the endings are tragic. We've lost a beautiful and gifted young woman. Condolences to Malvi's [Deshmukh's] family.
— Mo Charbonneau, October 31, 2016

Much love and gratitude to you, Michael, and the team.
— Margee Comfort, October 31, 2016

The very best to you Michael. My respect is deep for your work on the Trask case. There are places where you are badly needed and it must be extremely difficult to prioritize them.
— Dan Fall, October 30, 2016

Thank you for everything you do Michael, and have done, and endeavor to do. Thank you for caring about the lost and missing, and their families. God bless you and keep you safe.
— Maria Ware Appleby, October 30, 2016

The missing who speaks for them as the limelight fails. The truth the tragedy, the unknown. I know how this feels from the survivor side. Mike he feels it too, it is what drives him. Thanks Mike!
— Russell Clewley, October 30, 2016

You guys are utterly amazing!
— Margee Comfort, October 29, 2016

They surely are.
— Mo Charbonneau, October 29, 2016

Your efforts and the work you do are outstanding keep up the good work helping these families.
— Marsha Musial, October 29, 2016

Hoping for the best for Malvi's case. Thank you for your continued search for my Dad [Joe Clewley], Mike. I keep praying that some day we'll have answers. I know that your continued efforts are our best hope for that to happen. Be safe in your travels! Thank you!!!
— Jamie Anderson, October 29, 2016

He [Michael Neiger] is an amazing man....a Hero!!
— Brenda Wiese, October 27, 2016

Mike and his crew have donated countless hours searching for my father in Chippewa county Michigan. Just words cannot express our thanks!
— Russell Clewley, October 27, 2016

MibSAR in the news
— TV -6, October 26, 2016

Such an amazing team! Michael and his team found partial remains of my son, Daniel Trask is Found in May 24, 2015. Without their professional searching skills and expertise, we believe Daniel could not be found by us. Michael Neiger is very humble. There is no way a private investigator could do the backcountry searching!
—Maureen Trask, October 26, 2016

"Thanks" to Michael and his team for all they do!

Michael Neiger is also searching for my son. He and his team are incredible!!
— Michelle Fowler, October 26, 2016

Good luck and God be with all of you!
— Nena Oligney-Girven, October 24, 2016

Thank you so much for organizing a search party [for Malvika Deshmukh]. The Wares and I are grateful.
— Tom Mair, October 24, 2016

You have a great team leader leading the group.
— John Rowling, October 24, 2016

Thank you very much for your team's tireless search [for our daughter Malvi].
— Bala Deshmukh, October 23, 2016

Thank you for the work you do for so many, Michael Neiger.
— Mo Charbonneau, October 22, 2016

Michael has the heart of an explorer. It gives him his stamina for these treks to find clues.
— Susan Roubal, October 4, 2016

I learned [of] your willingness to provide assistance to search our daughter, Malvika Bala Deshmukh. We are very much grateful to you for undertaking these efforts.
—Bala Deshmukh, October 3, 2016

Such amazing dedication and expertise, bringing hope to these families [Michael Linklater].
—Maureen Trask, October 1, 2016

"Thanks" to Explore magazine for posting the 2nd article about Daniel [Trask], written by Conor Mihell. Without the professional and relentless searching by the MibSAR team led by Michael Neiger, we would not have an ending to Daniel's disappearance. We are forever grateful to all.
—Maureen Trask, October 1, 2016

Yes an amazing job by team MibSar in finding my nephew Daniel Trask so my sis & broth could have closure with their son. For they both suffered way to long with wondering & worry.Many, many thanks! to all of you in the MibSar Team.
—Kathy Ireland, October 1, 2016

I followed this case quite closely over the few years that Daniel [Trask] was missing. Amazing job by team MibSAR for bringing closure to the Trask family. You folks are amazing for not giving up. There were a few deatils in this story I wasn`t aware of such as the green snake story, that gave me chills. Well done and rest in peace Daniel.
—Shawn Mac, September 30, 2016

Team MibSAR in the news: Trask case 1 or 2
Explore Magazine, Summer 2016

Thank you for all your work on this I feel so much more confident after hearing all the info today [Regan Case Preliminary Exam in Iron County Circuit Court] that she will be locked away for good.
—MJ Dulmage, September 13, 2016

Thank you for you and your team's dedication. Without you, many families would have no help, nobody to turn to, nobody to help bring thier loved one home.
—Michelle Strobel, September 10, 2016

So nice for families (Free graphic design of pin-on buttons for victims' families)
—Marsha Musial, September 10, 2016

This is really awesome :) thank u for doing this for the families (Free graphic design of pin-on buttons for victims' families)
—Summer Mullins, September 10, 2016

Thank you Mike for all you have done on Kyles case and so many others your truly an amazing guy.
—Melissa Sharkey, August 31, 2016

Team MibSAR in the news: Regan Case
Iron Mountain Reporter (Iron River, Michigan) August 21, 2016

I honor you for what you're doing wish there was more...like you. Thank you for all you do for the families.
—Debbie Mitchell Warren, August 9, 2016

Team MibSAR in the news: Taylor Case
Iron Mountain Daly News (Iron Mountain, Michigan) August 23, 2016

Thank you Michael Neiger, thank you, thank you. I hope this gets her [Erin Taylor] Justice. You were truly sent from Heaven. I appreciate everything you are doing to help us get her the Justice she deserves.
—Bonnie Dowd, July 28, 2016

GOD BLESS, you for what you do to help these people and there family members.
—Marsha Musial, July 28, 2016

Lots of hard work to get this (Erin Taylor case reward/Website) done. Thank you, Michael!
—Catherine Parker, July 28, 2016

Michael Neiger you are a true inspiration to sooo many. Thank you for doing all you do for so many of us missing loved ones.
—Rhonda Hopkins, July 28, 2016

Michael Neiger and his team are very special people and will remain our dear friends for life!
Maureen Trask, July 27, 2016

We miss you and the team too Mike....Sending our appreciation all the way from London England!
—Maureen Trask, July 27, 2016

Hi! Michael thanks for accepting me as your friend. I'm Maureen Trask oldest sister & I also want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding the remains of my nephew Daniel Trask. Maureen & Don are now so much at peace. You & your crew did such a wonderful job & I'm sure it was heart breaking to find Daniel the way he was. Many, many thanks!
Feeling thankful.

—Kathy Eliz Ireland, July 25, 2016

Thank you for doing this for her [Erin Taylor]. Nobody has ever cared enough to help me before. I have been alone in this for so long. I appreciate EVERYTHING you are doing for Erin and so would she!
—Bonnie Dowd, July 25, 2016

You are so kind to do this kind of work!
—Jessie Kanehl, July 25, 2016

MibSAR continue[s] to search for those missing in the remote backcountry of northern Ontario. Michael and his team are dedicated, professional, giving and amazing!
—Maureen Trask, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, July 8, 2016

I can't tell you how much I appreciate this [help with Erin Taylor murder].
—Bonnie Dowd, July 8, 2016

Daniel's story would not have an ending without you and your amazing team!
—Maureen Trask, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, June 12, 2016

Awesome, we need more people like you.
—Marsha Musial, June 2016

One year ago today, you guys (Michael, Todd, Chris) found remains after less than one day out searching. Thanks for watching over Daniel that night and for the respectful prayer vigil (Sun. May 24, 2015 at 9:13PM). We are so grateful. (heart emoticon) We just lit a candle and are watching the video "Requiem for Daniel", which is so special and thoughtful of you and your team. You never gave up on Daniel and kept our hope alive.
—Maureen and Don Trask, Waterloo, Ontario, Daniel Trask Investigation, May 24, 2016

Michael - Just wanted to compliment you on your resourcefulness, tireless and endless dedication to all the missing person cases you are working. You have been a wonderfully encouraging and inspirational resource for families and the agencies that lament these missing souls. However bittersweet - it's good to see Joseph has been found and returned to his family. And it's gratifying to see the arrest made in Chris' case. I expect - hope - believe it won't be long now before he is found. Thank you allowing us to work along with you in your mission for the missing.
—Pat Lamson, K-9 One SAR, May 5, 2016

Great job! See what can be accomplished when there is no such word as jurisdiction and everyone works together!
—Jessie Kanehl, Chris Regan Investigation, April 5, 2016

Great collaboration and teamwork MibSAR!
—Maureen Trask, Chris Regan Investigation, April 5, 2016

Great job everybody!!
—Tim Story, Chris Regan Investigation, April 5, 2016

Great job finding answers for this family.
—Rhonda Hopkins, Chris Regan Investigation, April 5, 2016

MibSAR in the news, 18-month investigation results in homicide suspect arrest
—Iron County Reporter (Iron River, Michigan), May 4, 2014

MibSAR in the news, MibSAR's February 2015 Arctic Ocean Expedition featured in "Arctic Isolation" article
Endurance News April 2016

Thanks Mike and friends for your time energy and caring in the search for my son....
—Debbie DarkFrye, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 30, 2016

My name is Kathy and I'm Joseph's aunt thank you so much for continued search for Joe...Thank you so much Mike.
—Kathy Joy Hansen, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 29, 2016

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did in bringing Joe home...Many gave up and you kept hope alive and helped bring joe home.
—Rhonda Hopkins, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 29, 2016

I can not express enough how thankful that my family is that you guys aren't giving up. It has shined a new light of hope on us all. Thank you so much for continuing the search for my cousin.
—Tiffany Evans, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 29, 2016

Thank so much for not giving up on searching for my Nephew.
—Kathy Joy Hansen, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 28, 2016

Thank you for not giving up and please thank Jackie & Keith along with Xenia & Thor. They are truly amazing as are you Michael. You gave us back hope.
—Rhonda Hopkins, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 28, 2016

Thanks all for not giving up on my son.
—Debbie DarkFyre, Joseph Waisanen Case, April 28, 2016

Michael Neiger thank you for all your dedication. You are amazing!
—Jessie Kanehl April 25, 2016

Thankful that the UP has someone with your skills to help with missing people!
—Christina Maki, April 25, 2016

You do wonderfull work.
—Marsha Musial, Watersmeet, Michigan March 19, 2016

You and your team are amazing! Glad you will be back in Ontario doing what you do best, professional backcountry searching!
Maureen Trask, January 11, 2016

TY Michael Neiger, I really appreciate all u do for families of the missing! We couldn't do this without ppl like u! Merry Christmas!
Cathy Terkanian, Mother of Aundria Bowman, December 23, 2015

Michael Neiger and MibSAR, R A GOD SEND! May they all have a wonderful Christmas and Blessed New Year!
Cathy Terkanian, Mother of Aundria Bowman, December 23, 2015

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for being an enormous BRIGHT light in the work we have been doing to find Kathy. Your gift on July 4, 2014, to her and the work we have been doing was an enormous beacon on a sea that was becoming dark. Blessing to you and all you are doing to help families.
Karen Wilcox, Kathy Wilcox Case, Otsego, Michigan, November 9, 2015

We are so fortunate to have MibSAR in our life! MibSAR is our Dream Team of searchers! Michael Neiger is our Superman, for real!
Maureen Trask, Daniel Trask Case, November 2, 2015

I continue to have gratitude for the countless hours of support and technical assistance gifted to this Facebook page and the work we are doing to find Kathy from Michael Neiger. He has helped provide me with some pieces of a roadmap to guide me.
Karen Wilcox, Kathy Wilcox Case, Otsego, Michigan, October 7, 2015

Your help on July 4 has been incredible. Your work added a level of professionalism and really boosted awareness of my sister. I continue to carry enormous gratitude for your gifts to the work we are doing to find Kathy.
—Karen Wilcox, Kathy Wilcox Case, Otsego, Michigan, October 3, 2015

I love the organization that you founded. Definitely a worthwhile endeavor!
—Special Agent, Senior Team Leader, FBI, Detroit, September 14, 2015

May GOD bless all of your team. Be safe out there out there.
Donna Warren, July 30, 2015

Thank you for everything you do!
Cheryl Stokes, July 23, 2015

Thank you Michael and team Mibsar!! Thank you for your search for the missing and finding answers! It is great working with true professionals.
Tim Story, Director of Operations with Project Missing Search and Rescue (PMSAR), Mosher Case, July 21, 2015

I just want to tell you that you and your teams work is piceless. I pray GODS blessing on all of you. keep up the good work.
Donna Alger Warren, July 20, 2015

I am amazed at the work you guys and women do.
Donna Warren, Regan Case, July 17, 2015

Michael, I want to just send a simple thank you today, this day which marks 43 years since Kathy disappeared from our lives. Your recent gifts are deeply appreciated.
Karen Wilcox, July 17, 2015

Lending tremendous support on July 4 was Michael Neiger TeamMibsar who spent a chunk of his holiday working on and editing the Crime Stoppers flyer to support our efforts to find Kathy. He also gifted her Facebook page a banner which is simply amazing.
Karen Wilcox, July 17, 2015

He [Michael] sent me several messages providing support, suggestions, and encouragement, as well as offers of future assistance. My heart is overflowing with gratitude.
Karen Wilcox, July 17, 2015

Hard to put in words the joy and relief you and your team gave us by finding Daniel. Has has connected us for a reason—friendship—this is good! "Thanks" for all you and your team have done for us and others, amazing!
Don and Maureen Trask, July 14, 2015

THANK YOU Michael Neiger TeamMibsar. I can't think of a greater gift from above on this 4th of July!!!!! ....My heart is full of gratitude for this gift....Thank you again for this priceless gift.
Karen Wilcox July 4, 2015

There was never a doubt in my mind that you would stay with this case [Trask] and succeed. I admire your tenacity and humbleness and am amazed at the skills and abilities you have. Thanks for all you do and God bless your efforts.
—DrP (Charlie), July 3, 2015

You changed our lives by ending our uncertainty and bringing us peace and a new journey of healing.
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 30, 2015

Hello Michael. Congratulations to you and the MIBSAR Long Range Special Operations Group in the sucessful search for Daniel Trask in Northern Ontario. The persistance and determination your team showed in the this difficult task is a great example to other search teams of what can be done when good people work together to help families bring their loved ones home.
—Jamie Yarduk, Sault Search and Rescue, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Trask Case, June 30, 2015

So many holding on and still searching. Bless you for all you do to help!
— Jenie Phelps, Trask Case, June 30, 2015

Team MibSAR in the news
—NewsChannel 3 (Allegan, Michigan), Hitchcock Case, June 29, 2015

Team MibSAR in the news
Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan), Harding Case, June 19, 2015

Team MibSAR in the news
—TV 6 (Marquette, Michigan) Harding Case, June 17, 2015

I just saw the poster for Leah [Harding]. Thank you so much for helping them.
—Christina Maki, Harding Case, June 16, 2015

There is no words to express my gratitude to people like you. It is so selfless of each one of you to take the time out of your busy schedules and time away from your families to help the family of the missing. I greatly appreciate you and I hope you know that : )
With heartfelt thanks,

—Michelle Fowler, Mosher Case, June 11, 2015

How could I not like [Team MibSAR's Facebook Page], you brought my baby home!...It's powerful [the statement 'you brought my baby home!'], just like you and your team, true!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 9, 2015

We appreciate the work of Michael Neiger TeamMibsar in creating and maintaining this site for Eric and our family!
—Find Eric Lee Franks Facebook Page, Franks Case, June 8, 2015

Wanted to congratulate you and your team on finding Daniel Trask. You have certainly brought much relief to his friends and family.
—Josh Hatheway, Trask Case, June 8, 2015

The search team watched over Daniel and gave him a caring and loving tribute on the evening of May 24, so respectful, so gracious a team....So touching, so respectful of you and the team!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 8, 2015

Blessings sent to the Michael Neiger TeamMibsar in finding my nephew Daniel Trask many kind Thanks & bless your souls.
—Kathy Eliz Ireland, Trask Case, June 8, 2015

Thank you so much, this means the world to me! I appreciate your help!
—Kellie Greene, Hitchcock Case, June 4, 2015

Wonderful article, you and your team deserve the recognition, since without you, Daniel would likely not have been found! You are a miracle team!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 5, 2015

Team MibSAR in the article
Temiskaming Speaker (Temiskaming, Ontario, Canada) June 3, 2015

Bless you and your team for such incredible work!
—Mary Mallon, Trask Case, June 3, 2015

Maureen Trask Awesome find! MibSAR aka "Mission Impossible" Team. Great pics too!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 2, 2015

Team MibSAR in the news
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), Trask Case, June 2, 2015

Finding Daniel would not have been possible without the dedication and professional skills of the MibSAR team. Our family extends our sincere gratitude to each on every member of this team!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, June 2, 2015

For Michael and all of team MibSAR, my heartfelt thanks to all of you. While we have never met, I feel I know you a little bit through Maureen and Donny who have been friends for many years. There was little I could do to help them over these last few years. I am so thankful that there are people like you in our world to step in and be there for them. May God bless you and keep you safe on all of your searches.
—Sandy Teall Visentin, Trask Case, June 2, 2015

You guys done an amazing job, you guys are amazing, thank you for everything you do!!!
—Aaron JP Boulanger, Trask Case, June 1, 2015

Job well done....I am so proud of your team and the work you do...
—Jody Newman, Trask Case, June 1, 2015

Our sincere thanks for their tireless and professional search efforts. Without their dedication, we could not have found Daniel.
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, OtterTooth.com, May 31, 2015

Thank you for all your expertise dedication and perseverance ! You have been so helpful in bringing peace to the Trask family!
—Mary Malton, Trask Case, May 31, 2015

This team is amazing. Bittersweet tears when I read this story. So grateful for them. Soooo many volunteer hours spent looking for my father in law. Thanks for what you do.
—Mary Clewley, Trask Case, May 31, 2015

So wonderful that you "FOUND" Daniel, ending our journey of uncertainty!
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, May 31, 2015

Daniel is no longer missing, thanks to the efforts of the Michigan Backcountry SAR team, bittersweet, but brings us a huge sense of relief and peace. "Thanks" to the amazing MibSAR team who also helped in additional searching with the OPP, so much professional help by all. We are blessed and very grateful.
—Maureen Trask, Trask Case, May 30, 2015

Thanks for all your efforts for the Trask family Michael.
—Dan Fall, Trask Case, May 30, 2015

Outstanding work Michael...kudos to team MibSAR!
—Jim Simmons, Trask Case, May 30, 2015

Congratulations on all your hard work on finding Daniel Trask ...I know the Bittersweet emotions his family feels ..may he rest peacefully now.
—Michelle Strobel, Trask Case, May 30, 2015

Well done Michael Neiger TeamMibsar and your amazing team at Michigan Backcountry SAR you brought him home and closure for the family.
—Peace River K9 Search & Rescue Association, Inc. Facebook Page, Trask Case, May 28, 2015

Michael, you people are absolute heroes! God Bless you! The Trask tragedy is something I think about every time I go to that lake to fish 2 or 3 weeks a year. My 2 brothers and I did the 2.4 Kilo portage walk from the south branch LE river to diamond on May 15 which included some bushwhacking as our little tribute to Daniel but to know avail. I was just sharing with my office what absolute heroes you people are. Thank you so much.
—Chris Abbott, Milton Ontario, Trask Case, May 21, 2015

Thank you for everything you do for the families of missing persons.
—Paul Rice, April 17, 2015

Thank you so much for the advice and information about the SAR team....My best to you in your searches and people like you are certainly appreciated by those of us who have missing loved ones.
—Jo Ann Adams Franks, Eric Franks Investigation, April 30, 2015

Mike you and your organization are a blessing to the families of the missing. You are never alone in this tragedy, it Makes a Difference. I know my father has been missing since June 2008. Team Mibsar doesn't forget!
—Russell Clewley, Joe Clewley Investigation, April 30, 2015

MibSAR are such an amazingly skilled and professional team, we couldn't search without their generous assistance.
—Maureen Trask, Daniel Trask Investigation, Canada, April 5, 2015

Along with my family, I cannot express our gratitude to [Michael Neiger] and his team for agreeing to come here and search for Kyle and to hopefully get some closure. There are no words to express what this means to us and we will be forever grateful for any answers you may find.
—Michelle Fowler, Mother of Kyle Mosher, Houghton Lake, Michigan, Kyle Mosher Investigation, March 22, 2015

I thank God for people like yourself that volunteer their time to help people like me locate their missing loved ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
—Michelle Fowler, Mother of Kyle Mosher, Houghton Lake, Michigan, Kyle Mosher Investigation, February 20, 2015  

The Spec Ops [Blog] is great page and its got some great info....thanks for all the interesting stuff on SAR.
—Paul Murray, Norway, January 1, 2015

Thank you a million times to the hardest working, most passionate person [Michael Neiger, MibSAR's Lead Investigator] I've had the pleasure to meet. Self-giving. No personal gain. Truly an angel among us.
—Chief Laura Frizzo, Iron River Police Department, Chris Regan Investigation, Iron River, Michigan, November 20, 2014

We are so grateful to Michael and his team members for their unwavering commitment to find Daniel. They are truly amazing!
—Maureen Trask, Ottertooth Forums, Canada, September 4, 2014

Wow.  Thanks for the UTM Coordinate System primer.  It is by far the best source online, and far surpasses many discussions I have encountered in "map & compass" and "outdoor navigation" books....thanks for all the hard work on this extremely, well written and lucid presentation.
Scott C. Layton, Plano, Texas,
August 25, 2014

This was excellent and I learned a lot from your pedagogical exposition of UTM system.
—Karl Inne Ugland, Professor, University of Oslo, Ddep Marine biology, July 2, 2014

"Thanks" for all you and your team are doing for our family, greatly appreciated, couldn't do it without MibSAR team!
—Maureen Trask, Waterloo, Ontario, Mother of Daniel Trask, June 8, 2014

Hats off to MiBSAR! Thats Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue! They were out again combing the backwoods looking for signs of my father [Joe Clewley]. If he is to be found it will be someone like them going to the areas noone else is willing to venture. Thanks Again!
—Russell Clewley, May 2, 2014

I love to read about your experiences! You write beautifully! I have enjoyed reading your articles. It is well written. It looks like you spend a large amount of time and effort in writing the blog. I am appreciating your effort.
—ThredWave, May 2, 2014

I have read your Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue: The LAT/LON geographic coordinate system found on-line. It was very useful and informative!
—Jennie, April 17, 2014

We are so lucky to have great people like all of the MiBSAR volunteers out there continuing the search for Dad [Joe Clewley]. Thank You to each of you. I just know that one day you guys will find him, in his final resting place.
—Russ Clewley, Son of Joe Clewley, 'Lost in Paradise' Facebook Page, April 16, 2014

I just came across your written article [on the UTM Coordinate System] and just wanted to thank you for writing up the article, very very informative and well written....awesome article, probably one of the best I've come across.
—Martin, Australia, March 5, 2014

I loved your site [UTM page] and learned a lot. It's useful and easy to understand. Congrats! Thanks!
— B. Raphoz, November 7, 2013

Greetings Michael. Super job on finding Dan Trask's backpack in Temagami! I have tons of respect for what you guys did out there. I hope you can finish—I think you are close...
—Dan Fall, Minnesota, October 8, 2013

We are extremely grateful to Michael and his search team for all their time and effort. This year's searching would not have been possible or executed as professionally without your assistance.
—Maureen Trask, Waterloo, Ontario, Mother of Daniel Trask, OtterTooth Forum, September 26, 2013

Hello, I've just noticed that you have assisted in the Daniel Trask missing persons case and would like to say thank you for the great work you do for these families...Thank you again for the wonderful work you do.
—Michelle Innes, Ontario, Canada, August 30, 2013

Thank you, again, Michael Neiger for many hours of work on marvelous maps!!! [50-km racecourse map; 50-mi racecourse map]
—Andrew Grosvenor, Race Director, Marquette Trail 50 Ultra-Marathon, July 27, 2013

Thanks for what you do! I can not imagine braving the cold and wilderness.
—Ellen S. Endicott, COO, Apex Skills Group, Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, January 24, 2013

I never had the chance to thank you for all of the hard work done for our family, Derrick is my big brother and I miss him every day! Hope we can get the answers we need one day. Again thank you very much.
—Keith Henagan, brother of Derrick Henagan who has been missing since 2008, September 2, 2012

THANK YOU, again, Michael! The [Marquette Trail 50 km] map is SPECTACULAR! Again, I'm a map geek, so to have this quality of a map for our race is truly something special!
—Andrew Grosvenor, Marquette, Michigan, Race Director for the Marquette Trail 50 ultra-marathon, July 19, 2012

Mike, it is nice to hear that he [Joe Clewley] has not been forgotten, thank you for all of your efforts.
—Russel Clewley, Bay City, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., June 20, 2012

I found your excellent nav page while searching for compass info.…it is excellent info all around….
Thanks for a great resource!

Scott Sanders, Columbia, Missouri, April 24, 2012

I found your webpage so clear and informative that could not pass the opportunity to use your information.
   Thanks.
—Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta, Madrid, Spain, author and sniper expert, on incorporating material from MibSAR's exhaustive land-navigation primers on the Universal Traverse Coordinate (UTM) System and Map Datums in a chapter in his soon-to-be-released Sniper Training Manual, October 15, 2011

I've been on your website and Facebook page in the past, you guys post up some great info! Let me know if I can be of further help....Keep up the great work... and stay safe!
   Best regards,

Joe Flachman, Santa Barbara, California, Director of Marketing, CMC Rescue, Inc., February 2, 2012

Thank you what you are doing for tracking in the USA....Stay well!
David Scott-Donelan, Sierra Vista, Arizona, CEO of The Scott Donelan Tracking School (TSDTS) "Justice Follows!" and author of Tactical Tracking Operations: The Essential Guide for Military and Police Trackers, January 29, 2012

Wow--Nice job on the maps [Noquemanon Ski Marathon]!...Again thank you for putting in the time on those maps, they are great! Anyway, thanks for what you do. Would love to be part of it some day, love the backcountry and solitude.
Shawn Malone, Lake Superior Photo, Marquette, Michigan, January 28, 2012

Thank you again for your service to the community and missing person[s].
Rob Speiden, Director of Natural Awareness Tracking School, LLC, Christiansburg, Virginia, November 21, 2011

Mr. Neiger, it's I who am in reverence of what you do in the field of tracking.
Len McDougall, survival and tracking writer/instructor, Paradise, Michigan, November 17, 2011

What a great concept MIBSAR is. We could use an outfit like this in AZ. Great post by the way. Really like your references. David Scott Donelan and David Diaz are great teachers of the trade.
Freddy Osuna, Director of Operations, Greenside Training LLC, Benson, Arizona, November 16, 2011

Have been to your site Michael and it looks pretty interesting....I wish there were a thousand more like you and maybe we could make a difference out there.
Skip Stoffel, Director of Emergency Response International, Inc., Cashmere, Washington, October 19, 2011

I found your site very informative, THANKS.
Dennis, Florida, August 11, 2011

Michael, we (the Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic board) are very pleased and can't thank you enough for all the work you have done with this (designing racecourse maps for the 48-mile and 28-mile races).
Tom Bleau, Race Coordinator, Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic, Marquette, Michigan, July 20, 2011

The photos, notes, and drawings you compiled in documenting the logging-era wagon [discovered by Team MiBSAR] in Tahquamenon Falls State Park were forwarded to me....
   I wanted to take a moment to thank you not only for taking the time to record the piece, but for the exceedingly thorough job you did. For purposes of recording, we will assign an archaeological site number to the wagon and its location.
   The documentation you provided will then form the basis for a site record that will be entered into the state archaeological site file. That information will be part of the permanent record for the site.
   Again, thank you for the detailed information you recorded; it helps document a piece of Michigan history!
Dean L. Anderson, Ph.D., State Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office, Lansing, Michigan, June16, 2011

I really admire your web page!....
   
Your web site has a ton of information, it looks like you and your crew have done an amazing job.
Thanks again, take care.
—Waya, Casa Grande, Arizona, May 3, 2011

Thank you so much for your [Web] site because it is filled with great information.
—OCdt James Crittenden, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, March 21, 2011

These maps are super, thank you so much.
—Will Edwards, on Extreme Maps for Extreme Races: Noque Race, January 24, 2011

Hi Michael!
   Wow....what a fantastic trip. I had an absolute riot. Once I was able to get my shelter under control, life was good. I appreciate all the help you have given me and it made for a very enjoyable trip.
   I have learned so much from you and the rest of the gang. Everyone was ready to help or lend a hand whenever they could. You have an incredible group of people with a common interest. Keep up the good work....you are truly appreciated.
   I look forward to joining you and gang in future expeditions.
—John Rowling, Fort Gratiot, Michigan, participant in the 5-day January, 2011 winter-camping trip & SAR field training operation, January 22, 2011

WOW! What a great trip. Thanks Michael and the rest of the team!
   Next time I promise to be better organized, more physically fit and not the last one ready in the morning.
—Joe Schwartz, Plymouth, Indiana, participant in the 5-day January, 2011 winter-camping trip & SAR field training operation, January 19, 2011

Merry Christmas and God Bless, I thank you for your service.
—Juliann Latuszek, Southeast, Michigan, December 11, 2010

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...
   
Thankfully,
—Teresa M. Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, December 8, 2010

Dear Mike:
Thank you for the time spent talking on the phone Friday night....
    Having spent a portion of the weekend looking over your web site, I’m amazed at its format, quality, extent, the abundance of links, checklists, etc...
   Thanks again very much. Sincerely,
—Scott Wheaton, Grand Rapids, December 6, 2010

I'm a former employer of Rob [Dusseau]...I still think of him all the time, thanks for putting up that web page for him...I hope the dude is caught.
—Gary Honold, Sandstone Digital Web Design, Hancock, Michigan, Robert Dusseau investigation, December 7, 2010

Greetings from Durant, Oklahoma!
I am the Vice President and co-founder of L&W K-9 Search and Rescue, Inc....
   I stumbled upon your website and would love an opportunity to chat with you. Any SAR knowledge you are willing to provide will be greatly appreciated. There are people that will need our services and we take this very seriously. It is likely that our searches won't be as long-range as your team, but none-the-less important.
   I admire what you do, and again, I hope to be able to speak with you soon.
—Dava, Vice President and co-founder of L&W K-9 Search and Rescue, Inc., Durant, Oklahoma, December 4, 2010

Congrats on solving the Isle Royale case. You have a persistence and patience that amazes me. If you do happen to find out how he got off the island, definitely post it. It would be cool if it was something like he made a raft and floated to Canada, but probably he convinced a private boater to bring him to the mainland or someone came to get him in a boat.
Muir, Houghton, Michigan, December 2, 2010

Michael,
You are truly talented. This [map index] is a great addition to our services to the races....
   A thank you is a small gesture for such great work for free. Please let us know if you need anything.
   Thank you so much.
—Nicole Dewald, Race Administrator, Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette, Michigan, November 30, 2010

Hi Michael,
You have put together a very through description of the UTM coordinate system.
John Carnes, founder of MapTools, Woodside, California, November 24, 2010

Hello Michael,
Well done....[closing 40-year-old missing-person cold case on Isle Royale]
Dan Pontbriand, Chief Ranger, Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, Michigan, November 17, 2010

I have been reading your materials on your site about keeping warm etc. AWESOME.
John Rowling, Fort Gratiot, Michigan, November 20, 2010

You can tell that you are in SAR for all the right reasons. That is evident from all the work you and your group do trying to locate missing persons for their families....
   Good Luck in your work and on your expeditions to the north.
   Have a great day!
Jamie Yarduk, Sault Search and Rescue, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, November 17, 2010

I just have to say this [map] is AMAZING!!!!!
   Thank you Michael! WOW!
—Nicole Dewald, Race Administrator, Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette, Michigan, November 11, 2010

Just wanted to tell you that I reviewed your web page and that as a hiker, I really appreciate that some one out there cares enough about others to put in the effort you and your friends have to try and locate Mr Clewley.
   
As a former police officer and crime lab technician I also commend you on the handling of the searches....Again, thank you for your efforts.
Charles Palumbo, October 18, 2010

Michael,
   Thank you so much for including us on your fantastic site. We are thrilled. Most of the info on your site are the kinds of insights that never goes out of date
Jeanette Kozlowski, Social Media Manager, Cat5 Commerce, Chesterfield, Missouri, September 28, 2010

Michael,
   I came across your blog while doing research on my own blog. I found your site to be a wealth of knowledge--especially the camping skills section.
   I never thought of weatherproofing my food, and if I hike in cold weather, I will definitely make sure my boots don't freeze. There's so much stuff that you don't even think about, so thanks for providing all of that info!....
   I'd love to interview you sometime about your own adventure. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
   Best regards,
Jeanette Kozlowski, Social Media Manager, Cat5 Commerce, Chesterfield, Missouri, September 20, 1010

We share your interest in this type of work in our local SAR group.
   There have been many missing planes in this area along with many missing persons. I see from your website that you are no stranger to this area and how rugged it is.
   Thanks again for your response and the case info....Awesome website by the way.
Jamie Yarduk, Sault Search and Rescue, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, August 31, 2010

Hi, I'm a PhD student and orienteer and I have been looking into the problem of how much to aim off.
   Trying to find references, I found your excellent page http://therucksack.tripod.com/landnav.htm which had just what I was looking for....
   I thought I'd say thank you.
Tom Temple, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 27, 2010

Cool job you have....Thanks for the good work that you do.
   Best regards,
Lynn Bannon, KGPR Ink (Brooks-Range's PR firm), Duxbury, Maine, July 10, 2010

I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading and applying your land navigation information.
    The practical data you supply is some of the best I have seen and puts a whole new spin on land navigation. I am sure that you have gone to a great deal of effort to put all of this together and I deeply appreciate it.
    I only wish I was closer to your location and could participate in one of your courses, I might never get lost or at least only perplexed.
    Best Wishes
Steven Hoskins, Utah, Boy Scouts of America, June 10, 2010

Hey Mike...
   I've loved your website and returned to it many times over the 6 or 7 years as I learned my way around the woods. I loved your section on ranger pacing beads and have often referred people to your site for explanation.
—Kevin Gagne, Beford, New Hampshire, June 8, 2010

Mike...
   Well, you did it again. You knew when I needed a pep talk. You called tonight and I needed that talk. It's been quite and I was getting discouraged in Derrick's case and was feeling alone in this journey.
   I know its been hard and we are getting things done, but when I don't hear from the police I get to feeling down and then you call and make things better.
   I want to thank you again. I could not be this far and still be calm if it weren't for you and our pep talks. They mean a million to me. So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and may God be with you and keep you safe in the work you do for so many. You are one in a million. We could not do this if it weren't for ones like you who care.
   Its MEMORIAL DAY weekend and we will be remembering our lost loved ones, even the ones who are missing and we don't have their grave to go to, but they are still in our hearts and are always missed, I will plant a flower in my front yard this weekend for all the missing persons. Its something I have done since Derrick went missing.
   To all out there, enjoy this weekend and be safe.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 26, 2010

Hello there...
   I would just like to let you know that you and the rest of the MiBSAR team have done an excellent job with both your website and volunteer work.
   I just spent a little over an hour looking around and reading everything at your website, and it is attractive, well organized, and informational.
   As a resident of the UP, I knew nothing about your team prior to today. But...I wanted to send you an email thanking you for the creation of this team.
   It is comforting to know that if your services are ever needed, you are available.
Christina Maki, Quinnesec, Michigan, May 22, 2010

I appreciate your efforts into this case [the Jeremy Gould investigation] as well as all of the others you work on.
—Sgt. David Irwin, Iron Mountain Police Department, Iron Mountain, Michigan, Jeremy Gould Investigation, May 12, 2010

Hi. They found Jeremy this morning....We want to thank you for all your help and everything that you've done for our family. Thank you very much.
    God bless.
—Lori Worthing, Iron Mountain, Michigan, aunt of Jeremy Gould, Jeremy Gould Investigation, May 9, 2010

Thanks. I have been looking for a old home recipe for bugs — my grandparents made it in the Adirondacks and now I will.
   Thanks again.
Janette Green, New York, May 5, 2010

I see you have some upcoming searches planned....
   Be safe and God bless you Mike!
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley Investigation, April 23, 2010

Michael: Thank you for all of this invaluable information (map-and-compass land navigation, UTM coordinate system, map datums, ranger pacing beads, GPS use, etc.).
   
I wish there were more people like you where I live in Utah. We have some great places to go hiking and river running and if we get tired of our state we can go next door to Wyoming and the Wind Rivers.
    I only wish that I lived closer to you, I would love to take a course from you and particularly where you are.
    Thanks again for your courtesies. I hope someday to cross paths in person.
Steve Hoskins, Utah, Boy Scouts of America, April 20, 2010

I want to thank everyone who is showing support and concern in my son's case and posting [on the Topix forum], but most of all I want to THANK the State Police and Det. Shier and the task force and Mike and all the search teams that have worked on this case.
    I don't think you are getting the right amount of THANK YOU cause people don't know what all has been done and what you have done and you all have been working your butts off and minds cause there has been so many lies told.
    Its caused you to go in circles but its all coming together because of the constant work you have been doing on the case again.
    THANK YOU .
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, February 27, 2010

I'm a member of a volunteer GSAR team in New Brunswick, Canada. I enjoyed reading the info on your site and sharing the link with fellow members....Great site....
   Thanks
—Dan Cleveland, GSAR team, New Brunswick, Canada, February 21, 2010

Mike and the task force working on Derrick's case:
   Its now a new year and we are still on this path to find my son. We have had a long, hard road and a lot of bumps in it, but we are getting some results and an arrest has been made.
   Hopefully, with this, it will shed light on Derrick's demise. I thought we would have more answers by now but we have to take one day at a time, we will get this done.
   Winter puts us on hold for certain things that we can do, so in the spring we can focus on more searches and develop more leads.
   I hope with the arrest that was made it is not for the wrong person. I would not like it if someone took the fall or blame for the ones involved with Derrick's murder, or what ever it might be.
   I know we should always have hope when one is missing but we know its been too long and things just don't look good for this family in finding derrick alive.
   But I hope for justice to be done now and my son's remains can be found so he can be at peace. I will still pray for the missing as I do for my son, and for all the families and friends of a missing loved one.
   I know we sure are blessed to have people like you in our corner fighting for our missing. You stay safe while on your training operations and out in the bush searching for the missing.
   God be with you every step of the way.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, February 9, 2010

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....
   
God bless, and thank you again for all your hours of dedicated searching and investigation preparation you have done in effort to find JRC.
   Forever grateful.
—Teresa M. Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, January 29, 2010

Mike...We want to wish you the best for the holidays. Really enjoy your website and wish the best to you in bringing closure to the families.
—Paul & Kay Rice, independent K-9 handler and K-9 One SAR member, respectively, December 19, 2009

Mike....Thank you for being you and keeping me on the right track. I could not be this far along in this with out your help and our talks.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, December 10, 2009

Hi Michael. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your help and advice. It was really nice talking to you.
   Thanks again,
—Barbara Nelson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Deanie Peters homicide investigation, December 2, 2009

Heartfelt thanks for your good work.
Eric H., November 30, 2009

Hello, I have seen your website and the work you do it truly impressive.
—Barbara Nelson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 22, 2009

Michael....I want to thank you for all your help and talks we have. You keep me on the right track and keep me doing things the right way. This family is blessed to have you on our side in this case.
  
I know it's been hard and a different and strange one, but they will get caught and with your help we will get justice and my son's killers behind bars. I know we have a long ways to go but we made it this far we will keep going full speed ahead, have a good day....
  Take care and god bless.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, November 27, 2009

While doing some research on search and rescue and land navigation I came across your website, which is a great resource – thanks for sharing it!
   I teach some basic land navigation classes here in Dayton, Ohio, and am always looking for new resources and other ways/options for teaching others. Your website is great!
  
I also saw your NavTool, which is awesome, but when I followed the links below the NavTool picture I was unable to find anything that had the same level of detail as yours. Is there anywhere else that sells a tool of this caliber? Do you have any tips on how to make one similar to yours?
Erik Dahlstrom, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio, November 19, 2009

Hello. I was in the UP on vacation over the weekend with my boyfriend.
   Our travels took us from Mackinaw City up to Whitefish Point. I saw some of those missing person posters and it sent chills down my spine.
   My heart goes out to all the families. I wish I could help in some way.
   God bless you for your good work and efforts.
—Cynthia L. Bevelhymer, St. Joseph, Michigan, October 6, 2009

From the looks of your web site it appears you are staying quite busy with your SAR operations. I wish you the best of luck with your endeavors; bringing closure to loved ones is priceless.
    Peace and good wishes.
—Alan Wenker, White Bear Township, Minnesota, October 5, 2009

My wife and I recently bought a cabin on Lake Superior, just south of Paradise. I came across the two missing person posters in a shop in Paradise.
    I have looked at the web pages and info on both missing persons. They are great sites! Much information.
   Once again great site and keep up the good work!
   Blessings..
—Robert Koleski, Minister, Church of the Nazarene, September 29, 2009

Michael, I want to THANK YOU again for your dedication and all the time you have put in my sons missing person case.
    For the search you did Labor Day weekend and for making sure the posters are still up in the towns you pass through, and also to the gentleman that helps you with the posters when he sees them down.
    And for being honest and up front with me about all info and the things you find on your searches, you don't keep me in the dark and I appreciate the truth.
    You always let me know what is going on, and you keep me on the right track I could not do this with out your help and support.
    THANK YOU to the Department of State Police out of Lansing, Col. Peter C. Munoz, in returning a letter in regards to my sons case. Its a difficult case and mystery but he ensures me everything possible is being done to find Derrick.
    I pray for all of you working and who are involved in the searches and this case. THANK YOU Mike for keeping the public and the post aware of the reward Quick Bails Bonds have put towards this case along with the reward from Crime Stoppers.
    Maybe some one will find it in there hearts to make the phone call to the police, or crime stoppers. THANK YOU ALL from the family of Derrick Henagan. I miss and Love my son every day. Lets bring him home.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, September 25, 2009

Michael:
    Be blessed on your [search-and-rescue] venture to the woods... You have blessed us mightily with your suggestions and encouraging words. May you be as richly blessed as you have blessed us.
—Debra M. Hampton, Heavenly Harvest, Inc., Moultrie, Georgia, August 9, 2009

Dear Family Of Christopher Hallaxs:
    I am a friend to Derrick Ray Henagan, one of those that are Missing along with your loved one in the woods. I just wanted to let you all know that we the Family and Friend's of Derrick Henagan have been praying for you all and your loved one, I know this is a hard time for you all and just sometimes I know that it helps us to know that we are not alone, so I wanted to let you know that you all are not alone at anytime because you all are always in our thoughts and prayers!
    I am sure you have seen that God has sent us (the family and friends of the Missing) an Angel by the name of Michael Neiger and I know in my heart that this man is one of a kind and that he puts all his heart and soul into finding our loved ones, so with that said there is still a little hope for us all. So in closing just keep up your faith that one day you to will know where your loved one is and if needed be able to lay them to rest. I do hope that you all get some answers very soon for Christopher.
    Mike, Thank You so much for all you do for the families of the Missing, what would we do without you? So THANK YOU OUR ANGEL!!
    Our thought's are with your family,
Jody Rogers, Coloma, Michigan, Friend of Derrick Ray Henagan Missing Since August 4th, 2008, Chris Hallaxs Investigation, September 1, 2009

Hi, Mike.
    I was one of Chris' best friends, via internet. I got the link to [Chris' Web site] from Lisa....
    I just can't write any more now—I've been sobbing for 45 minutes after reading some of his old writing [on Chris' Web site]—some of it is pared-down versions of emails he sent me. (We chatted almost every day, and if not, emailed.)
    Thank you for helping us. I'm not Christian, but what you're doing is what I think of as God's work...so God bless you, or in my religion, the Goddess is with you.
    This is really giving me hope, and I suspect it's doing the same for Lisa.
Blessed be.
Dani Linn, Aurora, Illinois, Friend of Chris Hallaxs, Chris Hallaxs Investigation, August 28, 2009

Thank you to The Newberry News in Newberry Michigan, and the editor, Jim Diem, for the story they ran on my son Derrick on 8-19-2009. It was his 37th birthday that day and the story was a good story and it was on the front page.
   
Also, thank you Michael for all your help and support in this. I could not do this without all that you have done and all the teams you get together to help in your searches and the State Police and Det. Shier and the people of Newberry.
    You are a wise man and you always seen to know when I need your pep talks. You keep me going and on the right track. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Even through those bumps in the road you smooth them over and we're straight again. We will find my son and bring him home with all the help that's been given to his case and I have you to thank for that, I felt like I was up against a brick wall and you have been taking that wall down brick by brick but we will get it done.
    You have my prayers in every step you take and so do all the missing persons out there.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, August 24, 2009

Michael—You continue to impress me! It gives me a lot of pleasure (and ego improvement) to tell people I know you!     What a terrific mission you have, and still the best website I've ever seen with this type of information. Hope you are well and happy.
   Thanks for your service.
—Chuck Koehn, man-tracking instructor with Universal Tracking Services (UTS), Eugene, Oregon, August 9, 2009

I don't know why, but this search and rescue stuff has been on my mind, and heart, ever since we met you over the 4th. I can't get this out of my mind….people are missing up there in the North woods, and there might be clues near our property as to what happened to them.
    I've looked up the MiBSAR site numerous times, reading up on what you and your partner have done in the last few months in your searches for clues. I don't know how you do it, going into the backwoods and enduring the heat/cold, bugs, wet conditions, etc., but thank God there are people like you willing to do it....
    You are in my prayers Michael, and please take care of yourself. I don't want to read that you've come up missing out there ! I hope we run into each other again sometime this summer…I would be interested in hearing about your progress on the investigations.
    I'm keeping you and the families of the missing persons in my prayers. Be safe.
—Lou Gustman, Fremont, Michigan, July 15, 2009

I would just like to say a BIG, THANK YOU to Mike Neiger of MiBSAR, and to ALL HANDLERS and their K-9 Friends. I really don't know where or what we would do as Friends or Family of Derrick Ray Henagan without you all!
    I don't know how we are going to every be able to tell anyone how much Mike Neiger and the rest of the team of MiBSAR means to us all, and what they have ALL done to find Derrick, (What do you say to the people that you feel you owe more to than a THANK YOU?)
    I really don't think we can every tell you anything that would make any of you know how much WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL!!!
    I would never want anyone to have to have a MISSING LOVED ONE, but if you ever find yourself there, where we are right now, I ONLY HOPE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE SOMEONE LIKE MIKE NEIGER AND HIS TEAM TO BE BY YOUR SIDE.
    Thank You Mike for making us feel like, WE ARE NOT ALONE. Also for being the voice of reason on some days and the rock the others.
    For that we could never repay you, and for never looking at Derrick as a "BAD PERSON" he has always been just Derrick Ray Henagan, A SON, A GRANDSON, A BROTHER, A DEAR FRIEND TO SOME, AND MOST OF ALL RAYCER'S DAD!!!! FOR THAT, JUST ONE MORE THANK YOU MIKE AND MiBSAR!!
    Thank you for ALL you do,
—Jody Rogers, Coloma, Michigan, friend of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, July 14, 2009

Mike and John Pepin [senior reporter], thank you for the article in the Sunday Mining Journal newspaper on my son's case and him being missing. And thank you to the K-9 One search team and Tucker for what you did the 4th of July.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you always. I could not do this without all your help and support.
    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, July 13, 2009

Thank You Michael for everything you have done and for the pep talk we just had. You are a wise man and I do what you tell me and yes we will work through the bumps in the road and find derrick.
    Sorry about all the other stuff. It will all work out as I have the search teams, the Newberry State Police, and Det./Sgt. Shier working with us and that's all we need to have. They're a good team and your help is gratefully appreciated. My prayers are with you always.
    Thank you for being you and calling when you know I need the talks we have.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, July 12, 2009

[I] read up on your searches for those 3 missing people. I am intrigued, a little scared but also hopeful that someday, SOMEONE will find real clues/evidence as to what happened to those 3. My heart goes out to their families….you can’t have closure until you know!
    You should be commended for the work you (& your co-horts) do, Michael, and I wish you all the best in your continued searches.
—Lou Gustman, Fremont, Michigan, July 8, 2009

My hat's off to you and the gang, Mike. Thank you.
—Hummel the Hitman, Derrick Henagan Investigation, July 8, 2009

I want to thank everyone for what they were doing this weekend for my son Derrick's case.
    To all the good people of Newberry and McMillian, and to all the search teams and K-9 One, I don't know what this family would do without your help.
    My heart goes out to all of you, and you have my prayers in every step that you take on land and on water. Its tough, but we won't give up. THANK YOU ALL from Derrick's family. We got to have hope and faith no matter what.
    Just want him found and justice done and I know all of you do too. Take care and I will remain strong and try to take one day at a time.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, July 6, 2009

Hello Mike, I am so glad to see that your are posting what you have been doing, and what you will be doing and who will be coming in to help you look for Derrick....
    I guess what I am trying to say is "THANK YOU MIKE!" I look forward to talking with you soon, and seeing you very soon, I hear we have fliers to put up again..
    Remember Mike, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF IT WAS NOT FOR YOU, AND I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!
—Mike and Jody Rogers, Coloma, Michigan, friends of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, June 25, 2009

Teresa Clewley and Family: I want to thank you for your message in regards to my son.
    I am sorry for you and your family having to go through these times, also having a loved one missing, but we are blessed to have MIBSAR and Mike's dedication in our family and in all searches he does. I pray for your family and for all families of missing loved ones and for Mike when he is in the UP.
    Be strong and have hope, faith and you have all my prayers always.
—Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Joe Clewley Investigation, June 22, 2009

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] also.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, June 18, 2009

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.
—Teresa M. Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, June 18, 2009.

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 to call....
    I wish you and your elite group all the luck in the world and my heart goes out for the family.
—Keith W. Klos, President, Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, Tidioute, Pennsylvania, Joe Clewley Investigation, June 18, 2009

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.
    I have walked many times with Joe over this type of terrain and I have some idea of what you have gone through. I wanted to come up, but I haven't handled this very good and would just be in the way. Believe me, I pray each day for some closure and when your out there my heart is with each one of you.
    I just want to say Thank you from all who knew Joe and especially to those who never met him.
    May God bless you all,
Lorraine Clewley, wife of Joe Clewley, Houghton Lake area, Michigan, Joe Clewley investigation, June 16, 2009

I would like to thank Jody and Mike Rogers for everything that they have done for Derrick and his family, the Hhank you that they wrote about my son Scott Stanfill, and how they said how lucky they were to have a friend like him.
    Well, let me tell you that Mike and Derrick are like my own sons. Mike and Derrick and Scotty were quite the group.
    Mike was always there for Scotty and Derrick no matter what the situation, and Derrick would come in my house and say Hey Mom (which he called me quite often) where is the spaghetti and meatballs, that was his favorite.
    Derrick, the people that love you and miss you will never give up.
    Jody, there are no words to express all that you have done; you truly are an angel.
    Betty, my friend, you are always in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything don't hesitate to call me.
    As far as friendship goes, Scotty could not ask for any better friends than Mike and Derrick and Jody. Thanks for always thinking of Scotty.
    I would like to thank Michael Neiger and all that are involved in the search for our loving and missed friend Derrick
    God Bless You All!!!!
—Grace Daisy, Tracy Johnson, and Scott Stanfill, friends of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 27, 2009

Dear Mike, I would like to say "THANK YOU SO MUCH!" for everything that you have done and that you continue to do for Derrick and for all of us that have been working so hard to find him and bring him HOME!! I don't know if you really understand how much your time that you give to Derrick's case and to us also means to us!
    There is no way that I could ever say in word's how much what you are doing for Derrick and his children mean to Mike and Myself, for nine month's Betty and myself have worked EVERYDAY, ALL DAY to do what we could to find Derrick and if nothing else to get Derrick's Story out where people could see his pictures and for the people that see the pictures to know that this man's name is Derrick Henagan and to also know when they hear his name they would know what he looks like, and along with everything you have done you also did that for us too.
    I know myself that you are an "OUTDOORS ANGEL" to the families that are cursed with having a Missing Loved One but also blessed to have you working hard to find their loved one! I would also like to say a HEART FELT THANK YOU TO, BURT AND PAUL OF MAPLE LANE BLOOD HOUNDS, K-9 ONE SEARCH AND RESCUE, MICHIGAN SEARCH AND RESCUE, AND ALSO BRET WILSON OF MSP NEWBERRY POST, DET. JOE SHIER (MSP SAULT SAINT MARIE), ALSO ABOVE ALL MIKE NEIGER BACKCOUNTRY SEARCH AND RESCUE.
    I would like to Thank You Mike Neiger for helping, caring, and I don't know if you know you also gave me some of my life back before you came in to our lives I would work on Derrick's case every minute of everyday now, I can take a day off if I need it, you gave that to my family, I am able to do that now because I know that you are out there searching for Derrick, even when we don't know!
    Well I could go on and on about how much you mean to the families that you help, and how much you mean to us but that would take a life time, so just one more time THANK YOU MIKE NEIGER YOUR A GREAT MAN!
   Thank You,
—Mike and Jody Rogers, Coloma, Michigan, friends of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 24, 2009

Mike and myself would also like to say THANK YOU to Scotty Stanfill, a GOOD FRIEND of Derrick's and of ours, from Hartford that took time out of his life and also spent Mother's Day away from his Mother for a reason of going with two good friend's to find a good friend, Derrick Henagan Mike and myself would like Scotty to know how much that meant to us, there are not many friend's out there now day's that you can trust your life in their hands, well Mike, Jody, Betty are lucky enough to say WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST FRIEND'S OF OUR LIVES IN SCOTTY STANFILL, as a friend of Derrick's we didn't even have to ask Scotty he called and asked what he could do to help us find Derrick, WHAT A FRIEND,THANK YOU SCOTTY!!!!
    I also would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU TO JODY NEWMAN (Quick Bail Bond's) and to her best friend and daughter that spent their Mother's Day with us in the U.P looking for Derrick.
    Here again is a case where people that are blessing's from God, Jody and her crew started in August,2008 doing a JOB, well it wasn't to long after talking with Betty and myself Jody realized Derrick was Missing then she put her hand's out to a mother and a friend of Derrick's to help them search for Derrick and for what happened to him, and sometimes to hug us or to be the shoulder to cry and the ears to listen to our yelling, crying, talks that we had with her, this is something that she didn't have to do by any means but she really seen we needed help and she was there, that say a lot when Derrick has HUNDRED'S of life long friend's and Jody a person that just knew a name in the beginning and she has done so much that I can't even tell all of it, and the thing about Jody she will continue to do all she can!
    So to You Jody Newman THANK YOU for being there for Betty and myself, I hope someday you might know how much you mean to us!! Jody you will always have a friend in Jody Rogers and Betty Henagan.
    I know that with all the dear friend that we have had from long ago, and those even dearer friend's that we have made through this search for Derrick we have a blessed life and that, WE TOGETHER AS A TEAM ARE GOING TO FIND OUR DEAR FRIEND DERRICK RAY HENAGAN AND BRING HIM HOME TO HIS CHILDRENAND FAMILY AND FRIEND'S!! SO IN CLOSING THANK YOU TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE HELPING US FIND DERRICK, I AM GOING TO CALL YOU (DERRICK'S ANGEL'S) BUT ALSO "MY FRIEND'S" I know I look forward to our next trip! It is coming up fast.
   Mike Neiger you just be careful and safe on your searches for Derrick.
   Thank You
—Mike and Jody Rogers, Coloma, Michigan, friends of Derrick Henagan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 24, 2009

Reading these messages posted by Derrick’s family is heartwarming as they are so grateful for MiBSAR coming into their lives and searching for the loved one that remains missing.
    We too, continue to appreciate everything you do to bring resources that may help us locate my Dad. Your continued dedication and perseverance is commendable.
    I wish for MiBSAR’s success for each family that is blessed to have you researching, investigating, and tracking in the forests of the UP.
   Thank you.
—Teresa M. Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joseph R. Clewley, Joe Clewley investigation, May 20, 2009.

Michael, Betty, Jody, & everyone helping out in this case, I thank you so much.
    Although I am the ex wife of Derrick, I care; need answers & closure myself. Our son, Rayce, talks about his Daddy every day. With each season that passes, Rayce reflects on things he used to do w/ Derrick.
    
Now it's getting warmer & it's fishing & quad weather...I hope this season doesn't pass, like the other 3 have, with no answers. I want nothing more than for our son to be reunited with his Daddy.
    You guys are doing an excellent job & I commend you for your persistence.
—Cheri, mother of Rayce (Derrick's son), Kalamazoo, Michigan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 18, 2009

I would like to thank all the members of the search teams that helped in the search for my son in Newberry on the weekend of Mother's Day--especially the mom's for spending that day up there doing this for the Henagan family.
    Also Michael Neiger lead investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue in Marquette, Maple Lane Blood Hounds, K9-One Search and Rescue, Michigan Search and Rescue with cadaver dogs, Michigan State Police in Newberry, Det./Sgt. Joe Shier from the Sault Ste. Marie Post, John Pepin with the Mining Journal, and all my friends that helped put up the posters by Johnson's Printing Service.
—Betty Henagan, Mother of Derrick Henagan, Hartford, Derrick Henagan Investigation, Michigan, May 14, 2009

Mike, I would like to thank you and all the search teams that were in Newberry over this past Mother's Day weekend.
    I would like to thank Trooper Wilson for being there and helping Betty and Jody thru this tragic time they're going thru. Jody, you are doing a wonderful job, keep up the good work. Betty and you will get all of your answers sooner or later.
    To the people of Newberry and surrounding areas, thank you for all the help and information you shared while we were up in your area.
    God Bless
Jody Newman & Family, Quick Bail Bonds, Jackson, Michigan, Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 13, 2009

Michael, thank you for your help.
    I'm sure someone knows something, let's just hope they have the courage to do what's right. Derrick's family (especially his momma and 2 children) deserve to know the truth.
    Thank you so much.
—Michelle (Rayce Henagan's aunt), Derrick Henagan Investigation, May 13, 2009

Your SAR web site is outstanding! Very well done with excellent information. I hope to meet some of your members in a few weeks. I'll be in your neck of the woods helping with a tracking class, and am anxious to meet such an obviously professional bunch of volunteers.
—Chuck Koehn, man-tracking instructor with Universal Tracking Services (UTS), Eugene, Oregon, March 26, 2009

Michael, Thank you so very much!! You don't know how much this means to me and Derrick's mother....ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND THOUGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Jody Rogers and Betty Henagan, Hartford, Michigan, friend and mother of Derrick Henagan, respectively, Derrick Henagan investigation, March 25, 2009

Again, we just can't thank you enough for all of your time and efforts! We know you are spending many, many hours for us.
—Chuck, Vicki, and Lisa Hallaxs, Paradise, Michigan, family of Chris Hallaxs, Chris Hallaxs investigation, March 16, 2009

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!!
    Take care.
—Laurie Clewley-Tupper, Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, December 23, 2008

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.
—The Clewley Family, Houghton Lake area, Michigan, Joe Clewley investigation, December 15, 2008

You guys are amazing.....nothing stops you. Thank you!!
—OutDoorsMan, upstate New York, nephew of Joe Clewey, Sr., Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, December 11, 2008

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.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, December 2, 2008

I would definitely use them [MiBSAR] as [K-9] FS [field support] again. They are awesome.
—Pam, K-9 Team Andor, Michigan Search and Rescue (MiSAR), Joe Clewley investigation, November 22, 2008

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....
    Given the opportunity to have you with us on a search, I would choose you EVERY time. It is a rare opportunity to just watch/work the dog without having to worry about navigation/observation. This was echoed by Rayanne [Team Cota] who worked with Chris [Ozminski]. Couldn't say enough good things.
—Dave Holcomb, K-9 Team Tyche, founder of Michigan Search and Rescue (MiSAR), Joe Clewley investigation, November 21, 2008

Thanks again Michael. It's a great comfort to know you are planning to return to "Joe's Country" this winter.
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, November 17, 2008

Take care and again, thank you for everything; your efforts and time given to find my Dad.
    Blessings,
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, November 16, 2008

You're [Michael Neiger] the first [K-9] field support person to be able to keep up me!
—Josiah, K-9 Team Jackie, Michigan Search and Rescue (MiSAR), Joe Clewley investigation, November 2, 2008

Special thanks must go out to Mike Neiger and Chris Ozminski. They have dedicated most of their summer searching diligently in the search area. A personal thanks to them is needed as their searching came up with some very pertinent/hard-to-find evidence that has lead this investigation in a certain direction.
    Mr. Neiger is a survivalist with an extensive Law Enforcement background. His knowledge in the preservation of evidence and crime lab expertise has been a great help in the field.
—Det./Sgt. Mike Bitnar, lead investigator, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office Web site, Joe Clewley investigation, October 23, 2008

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.
    My family will be forever grateful to those of you who have given your time and energies to plan, assist, write, lead, navigate, manage base camps, smell the air (the talented dogs), and offer words of hope to us. Each person has brought specialties and ideas that have benefited this search.
    If my Dad were here, he would be overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit shown to our family. I look forward, as do my brothers and sisters (Mom included as she would like to personally thank you all) to the search on Nov 1, 2.
    My Dad has been blessed by God to have remained for this additional time in his favorite place, but I sincerely hope that we are successful either before that weekend, or during the efforts in November to finally put him to rest.
    God Bless you all,
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, October 22, 2008

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.
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, October 22, 2008

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.
—JohnHens, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, October 19, 2008

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.
    All the Best,
—Michael Neiger, Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MiBSAR), Marquette, Michigan, Joe Clewley investigation, October 15, 2008

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.
—Chris Ozminski (NightBlazer), Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MiBSAR), Frankenmuth, Michigan, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, October 13, 2008

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 everyone.
—Tkdjunkie (Russ Clewley), son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, October 3, 2008

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.
    Very grateful,
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, October 2, 2008

Please thank Chris [Ozminski] from all of us for giving his time this past weekend. I am looking forward to reading his journal.
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, September 17, 2008

I pray something turns up soon. Thanks, Land NavMan, for all you and your associates are doing. It's certainly a beautiful place!
    Thoughts are with family and friends of Joe.
—LizsBaby, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, September 14, 2008

Thanks for the update and all the hard work you guys are doing.
—OutDoorsMan, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, September 13, 2008

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....
    Anyway, thanks again for the help and the reassurance that there is still hope, through any little clue, that we might find my dad.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, September 6, 2008

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.
    Thanks.
—Jeff Neville, friend of Teresa Clewley, Joe Clewley investigation, September 4, 2008

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]....
    As you can imagine, being in Alabama has distanced me from the search efforts; but I'm able to maintain some connection from the detail you provide. Also, if you could; please include me on your email list for my family with information about your search. Your communications are a lifeline for all of us. Thank you again Michael; at the end of this journey I hope we can somehow return this gift to you.
    God bless.
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, September 2, 2008

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…
    God bless you all.
—Sharon Cardenas, niece of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 28, 2008

Thanks Mike & fellow Bushrats for your unwavering support and search operations. It’s of great comfort to know you're out there.
    Blessings.
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 28, 2008

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.
—JustMeAgain (Alan Wenker), White Bear Township, Minnesota, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 26, 2008

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.
—John Pepin, Munising Bureau reporter for the Mining Journal, Joe Clewley investigation, August 26, 2008

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.
—Dawn Nye, Lansing, Michigan, friend of Clewley family, Joe Clewley investigation, August 26, 2008

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!!
—jjo (Jerry), Illinois, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 25, 2008

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.
    Thanks again for everything.,
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 18, 2008

I'll...put a link from the NCT website to [Joe Clewley’s missing-person] page. Please keep us in the loop as to progress. I've had Joe and his family in my prayers.
—Bruce Mathews, Executive Director, North Country Trail (NCT) Association, Joe Clewley investigation, August 18, 2008

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 daily.
    Thank you for all the love and compassion you are showing this family.
—Al & Kay Weeks, Higgins Lake, Michigan, friends of the Clewley family, Joe Clewley investigation, August 13, 2008

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....
    God Bless you and the others [from Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue].
—Teresa Clewley, Three Rivers, Michigan, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 12, 2008

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 keeping us posted.
—Pam, SOLAR Club PR Chair, Yahoo.Com SolarOutdoors Group, Joe Clewley investigation, August 6, 2008

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.
—SharkBytes, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 5, 2008

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.
—Tkdjunkie (Russ Clewley), son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 5, 2008

Just wanted to check in and let you know that Joe, his family and the SAR crews are in my thoughts and prayer.
—Ron, Chicago, Illinois, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 4, 2008

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.
   THANK YOU!
—Friends of Joe and Loraine Clewley, Higgins Lake area, Joe Clewley investigation, August 4, 2008

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.
—Michael Fogarty (NCThiker), St.Clair Shores, Michigan, Joe Clewley investigation, August 4, 2008

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.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 4, 2008

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.
    Thank you so much. God bless.
—Jamie (Clewley) Anderson, Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, August 2, 2008

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.
    Peace be with you.
—Joan L Murphy, a long-time Clewley family friend, Joe Clewley investigation, August 2, 2008

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.
    God Bless.
—OutDoorsMan, on behalf of the Rausch Family, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 1, 2008

I've been following this thread since the start. I really hope that this is a search and rescue and not a recovery mission.
   Best of luck to you all and my gratitude for your efforts.
—Graya, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, August 1, 2008

Best of luck to all searchers. Michael, excellent job coordinating the effort.
—JustMeAgain (Alan Wenker), White Bear Township, Minnesota, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, July 31, 2008

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.
   Again, thank you for helping the Clewley family. I hope some clues come along that lead you in the right direction. Also, thank you for keeping everyone so informed with the information in the website for Joe and the forum blogs!! Your information is much appreciated!!!!
—Melissa Rokicki, Rochester Hills, Michigan, friend of the Clewley family, Joe Clewley investigation, July 31, 2008

Thank You so much for the help Mike. My family and I are very appreciative of your assistance.
—Joe Clewley, Jr., Lansing, Michigan, son of Joe Clewley, Sr., Joe Clewley investigation, July 31, 2008

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!
   God Speed to you all! I'll be fervently praying for you!
—Heather LaFave, a Michigan Search and Rescue K9-team member who spent 3 days searching during the Joe Clewley investigation, July 31, 2008

Thanks for your efforts to assist in finding either Joe or what happened.
—JohnHens, Backpacker.Com Midwest Forum, Joe Clewley investigation, July 28, 2008

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 New York...
—Tom Rausch, upstate New York, nephew of Joe Clewley, Joe Clewley investigation, July 24, 2008

 

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