TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI – The body of 21-year-old Parker J. Haire was located this morning, Wednesday January 2nd, 2019, after he had called for help the morning before and was not able to be located by authorities.
Parker Haire, was located at approximately 8:35AM on the north side of Sebewaing River Point, over one mile west of the Sebewaing County Park.
This was over two miles from where the victim’s vehicle was found yesterday locked and stuck in the mud at Bay Shore Camp. Though it’s not completely clear what path of travel he took to get there, or why for that matter, it is believed he walked south down Miller St. to Union St., then westbound to the location he was found. The path of travel on the river point involved eventually veering to the north where he ended up on ice.
There he got on approximately 3 inches of ice and continued westbound paralleling the point. It is then estimated he continued nearly 100 yards until he got next to a phragmites patch where the ice thinned enough not to support him.
He was eventually found by a Tuscola Deputy in an ice rescue suit, who he and another ice suit equipped Tuscola Deputy had gotten out of the airboat earlier and were trying to walk on the ice to check the area as thorough as they could. While doing so they both broke through a couple of times before Parker was found in waist deep water. He was also very difficult to see, as the phragmites camouflaged him. Parker was hoisted aboard Airboat #152 and brought back to shore where a Huron County Medical Examiner Investigator responded. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Agencies responding besides our office today were the Sebewaing Police, Sebewaing Fire, Caseville Fire, Tuscola County Sheriff’s office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s office, Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Sebewaing DPW. Thumb Drone Works was also on scene and the Bay Shore Camp once again supplied shelter and refreshments. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the many volunteers who offered support or gave assistance throughout this tragic ordeal.