Greenville hunter found alive after getting lost

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:29 pm on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

NUNDA TOWNSHIP — A Greenville man was found by Michigan State Police troopers after using the help of friends, family and the phone company.

A 48-year-old male was out hunting and ended up lost in a swampy area. He called a family member to say he was lost and needed help.

“He got turned around and it started to get dark on him,” said Michigan State Police Sgt. Joe Cairnduff.

The family did not know where the hunter was, but had possible locations from where he has hunted in the past.

With the help of the hunter’s friend, troopers developed a hunting location in the Pigeon River area of Cheboygen County.

Troopers worked with AT&T to narrow in on the area of where the hunter used his phone.

Cairnduff told The Daily News it helped pinpoint what tower was used when he called his family.

“It told us we were in the right area,” Cairnduff said.

Troopers along with K-9 handlers located the hunter in section 20 of Nunda Township in Cheboygen County.

After an overnight search, the hunter was found cold, dehydrated and shaken up, Cairnduff said.

“He is doing good,” he said of the hunter as of Wednesday afternoon.

The hunter was examined at the scene, but did not need to go to the hospital.

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