HANCOCK, Mich. (WJMN) – After days of searching, the City of Hancock has reported the search for a woman is over, after she was found dead.

Authorities confirm that Mary Ylitalo has died.

The police department provided the following update via Facebook on Friday morning.

After an extensive search, the City of Hancock Police Department is saddend to report that Mary Ylitalo, who has been missing since Tuesday, has unfortunately been found deceased. The next of kin have been notified. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

The Hancock Police Department and the family of Mary would like to sincerely thank everybody who assisted with the search in finding Mary. Thank you to Superior Search and Rescue , the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police (including air and K9), the Houghton City Police, the Michigan DNR, the Hancock Fire Department, the K9 handlers who contributed their time and effort, and Dial Help, Inc. .

Thank you to the members of the community who contacted us with information and leads. Our community comes together in times like this, and we can’t thank you enough!

Hancock City Police Department


A Hancock woman is reported missing and authorities are asking for the public’s help to locate her.

According to the City of Hancock Police Department, Mary Ylitalo was last seen on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Ingot Street in Hancock.

The 23-year-old is approximately 5’6 to 5’8 tall. She has light brown, shoulder-length hair. She was possibly wearing a red plaid coat.

If you have seen Mary or know anything about where she might be, contact the City of Hancock Police Department at 906-482-3102 or call 911.