UPDATE: Missing Kayaker Melanie McKelvey returned to her camp on her own at approximately 9:00am and is in good health. All units have cleared the scene.
MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI – The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a missing kayaker on Lake Michigamme. Officers were dispatched to a camp on Lake Michigamme around 8:00 p.m. on Monday September 28th, 2020.
Melanie McKelvey, a 41 year old woman, from St. Louis, Missouri, was reportedly last seen on Monday afternoon leaving a cabin on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigamme in a red kayak. She was wearing a black jacket and dark green boots and was last seen paddling north east.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan DNR Conservation Officers searched the waters by boat. Marquette County Search and Rescue searched the roadways around Lake Michigamme. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter arrived in Marquette County but was unable to search due to inclement flying weather. The search is ongoing for Melanie and her red kayak.
The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post and Marquette County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by officers from the DNR, troopers from the Calumet Post, canine handlers from the MSP Calumet and Iron Mountain Posts, Marquette County Search and Rescue, Michigamme Township Fire Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard.