A Oakland County hiker was found dead on Monday after he was reported missing the day before, according to ClickOnDetroit.com.
After learning of the man’s disappearance, “conservation officers Mike Evink, Mark Zitnik and acting Sgt. Rob Freeborn responded by 10 p.m. with canoes,” authorities told ClickOnDetroit.
“The missing hiker’s vehicle was located at Big Island Lake trailhead,” Freeborn told the outlet. “We portaged into the wilderness and paddled through Big Island Lake, Mid Lake, Coattail Lake and finally, into McInnes Lake, portaging between each lake.”
Multiple outlets report the man apparently died from a severe cut to his leg. He used a tourniquet made from his own belt to stop the bleeding but did not survive.
“Temperatures were in the mid-50s overnight, but torrential downpours made it a miserable night to be out,” Chief Gary Hagler of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources told WWJ 950. “Everyone involved went above and beyond in dealing with a terrible situation. We wish this search effort had resulted in a different outcome.”
Officials say the identity of the male is being withheld pending a medical examiner’s report, WBAY said.