UPDATE: Missing AuTrain man’s body found

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UPDATE 9/20/21: The voluntary missing man from AuTrain has been located, according to the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post. On Thursday, September 16, a township employee in the Seney area was maintaining the area along M28 when he observed vehicle tracks going approximately 100 yards into the heavily wooded ditch.

The tracks led to an overturned truck matching the description of the vehicle last seen in possession of the missing AuTrain man. Inside the truck, a deceased male was located. Investigators later confirmed the identity of the deceased male as Thomas Szafran of AuTrain. It appears the truck went off the roadway into the wooded ditch area and overturned. No foul play is suspected. The crash remains under investigation by troopers from the Manistique Outpost.


AUTRAIN, Mich. (WJMN) – A 62-year-old man went missing from the AuTrain area in the early morning hours of August 24 and has not returned as of September 7.

Thomas Leonard Szafran’s vehicle

The Michigan State Police is seeking help in finding Szafran who was believed to still be in the Upper Peninsula, potentially in Alger County.

Szafran is 5’9″ weighs 230 pounds and was wearing long sleeve white shirt with light gray shorts. He left his AuTrain residence in a black 2011 GMC Sierra with Michigan license plate 8MJJ28. The truck has a pink-colored “Munising” sticker on the rear window and is missing the tailgate handle. His direction was unknown.

Thomas Leonard Szafran

Anyone with information on Szafran’s whereabouts should call the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post at (906)475-9922 or the Alger County Sheriff’s Department at (906)387-4444.

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