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UPDATE: According to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office, escaped inmate Daniel Ferguson is back in custody. 

Daniel Gerald Ferguson was taken into custody shortly before 2:00 pm this afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office received information that Ferguson was hiding out in a residence in the City of Bessemer. Officers, acting on the tip, took Ferguson into custody without incident.

In addition to the charges Ferguson was earlier being held on, additional charges have been added. As the investigation continues, additional charges with be sought.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by numerous agencies and cooperators in this investigation. Included in the investigation are the Michigan State Police (Wakefield Post, Emergency Support Team and Canine Team), Ironwood Public Safety Department, Iron County, WI Sheriff’s Office, Hurley Police Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police, K9 SAR – Hayward, Wi, Powderhorn Lodging Association, and Big Powderhorn Mountain.

Below is a previous story.


Local 3 News has learned that escaped Gogebic County Jail inmate Daniel Ferguson approached the mother of his children on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Danielle Brannigan she was cleaning the yard when cornered by Ferguson. Another woman came over by them and he tried to grab the two women’s phones, shattering one of the screens.

The women called the police and Ferguson fled into the woods on Powdervale Dr. in Bessemer, where authorities have been searching since.

The women say he was wearing a tan camouflage jacket, work gloves and had deer hide on his feet. 


GOGEBIC COUNTY – The search is on for an inmate that escape from the Gogebic County Jail late Monday night.

Daniel Gerald Ferguson escaped from the jail some time around 10:00 PM Monday. According to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department he was last seen heading north of Moore Street in Bessemer. He was wearing an orange t-shirt and striped black and white pants and was barefoot at the time.

Other identifying characteristics listed by the Sheriff’s Department are tattoos on his neck, chest, upper arms and left hand. 

The Sheriff’s Department says he has an extensive criminal history and was lodged on probation violations stemming from charges in Wisconsin.

Residents are advised to lock their homes and their vehicles. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.