Search locates 28-year-old missing boater from Grayling in Lake Margrethe
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Divers were able to recover the body of a boater who was reported missing on Lake Margrethe over the weekend early Tuesday morning.
Computer aided side scan sonar vessels utilized by the Michigan State Police, which are capable of searching underneath the water, located Shivam Patel, a 28-year-old Grayling man.
Divers recovered Patel from about 30 feet of water between a boat launch and where his boat was found running just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, said Crawford County Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report from Central Dispatch regarding a boat running ashore on Lake Margrethe that was running and unoccupied just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.
The boat was running and a cellular phone was plugged in playing music when the boat was discovered. A T-shirt and shoes were also on board.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Schnoor said an investigation into the registration of the boat revealed it belonged to Patel. Patel was an experienced boater, but this was the first time he had a new boat out on the lake.
Due to the boat being unoccupied and found in a suspicious manner, dive teams from the Michigan State Police and Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office were called in an attempt to locate Patel.
Department of Natural Resources Conservation officers and officers from the Grayling Department of Public Safety also took part in the search.
A Coast Guard helicopter also flew over the lake on Saturday.
Law enforcement officers resumed their search on Sunday, July 28. A Michigan State Police helicopter and an airplane and a drone owned by a citizen who is retired Roscommon Sheriff’s Office were also used in efforts to locate Patel.
Law enforcement officers continued their search on Monday, June 29, with the aid of a Michigan State Police cadaver dog added to the resources used to search the lake.