Body of missing Norway man is found

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The body of a Norway man has been found, nearly four months after he went missing.

According to Michael Neiger, owner of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR.com), the body of 78-year-old Andrew ‘Andy’ Bray was found Friday night.

In an online post, Neiger writes, “After paddling 7.5 miles upstream on the flood-stage Menominee River in Marinette County Wisconsin, Team MibSAR found Andy Bray well downstream of Piers Gorge on Friday evening. MibSAR would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Andy, and thank officers from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who assisted MibSAR with the recovery.”

Andrew Bray went missing December 29, 2016.  On January 3, a snowplow driver found Andy’s vehicle parked near the Menominee River, at the Bomber’s Golf Course in Niagara, Wisconsin. A set of footprints led down the riverbank and out onto a piece of river ice. This area is located along the common border between Michigan and Wisconsin, in Michigan’s Dickinson County and Wisconsin’s Marinette County.  Divers from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department dive team, and officers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources using a remote-controlled underwater search vehicle, were unable to locate Andy, or any sign of him.

The search was called off indefinitely due to darkness, poor weather conditions, deep water, and strong, treacherous currents.

Michael Neiger’s Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR) is a small, largely non-motorized, Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) organized as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP).

Founded and run by Neiger, an independent investigator in Marquette, MibSAR’s Long-Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) is dedicated to working select unsolved missing-person cases and felony cold cases in the remote bush between the Great Lakes in northern Michigan, USA, and the Arctic Ocean’s Lower Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada. 

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