UPDATE: In regards to Garrett Sheaks, he has been located and is safe.
MANISTEE, MI – Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan wanted to ensure the public that his office along with multiple other agencies have not stopped looking for missing teenager Garrett Sheaks.
Garrett Sheaks is 16-years-old and has Aspergers. When his mother arrived home on April 2nd, 2018, Garrett and his bike were missing. He has not been seen or heard from since then.
Despite a media report on Thursday evening, the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office stated today Friday April 6th, that police are continuing their search for the missing teen.
Manistee County Sheriff’s Office has been with the family on a daily basis “working around the clock checking vacant building, reviewing video footage from various business where some tips have surfaced, disseminating flyers, canvassing areas, and spreading the word throughout all law enforcement statewide.”
On Thursday, Manistee County CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team), which is a group of volunteers trained in search and rescue, were sent out to search Sheaks’ last known area. The team focused on a half-mile radius in and around Birch Road, Lakeshore and Kott roads in Manistee Township, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Electronic media is being analyzed as part of the investigation, and Garrett has been entered in the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children. The sheriff’s office is working to update NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) to increase the chances in finding the teen.
Police encourage anyone that if they see someone matching Garrett’s description to call 911 or the local law enforcement agency immediately.
Garrett is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing around 150 to 160 pounds, with dark brown eyes and dark colored hair. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, a black jacket and jeans and was riding a black pedal bike with silver writing on it.
Based on reporting from the Manistee News Advocate, according to Julie Shively, Garrett’s mother, her son has been facing personal issues with life and school, and has been depressed or may even be suicidal.
Garrett is a junior at Manistee High School.
Police from several counties are involved with the search including the Michigan State Police, along with several local agencies.
“We want to encourage anyone if they see someone matching his description, to call 911 or your local law enforcement agency immediately. I want to thank all our neighboring law enforcement partners, emergency responders, the media, and volunteers for assisting us during this very difficult time.
We have nothing else to offer at this time. I would appreciate your patience as we work through this.” said Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan.