11-03-2014, 06:42 AM #1
MI - Leonard Allen Vunck, 67, Mason County, 29 Oct. 2014According to the Mason County Sheriff's Office, Vunck called a taxi to take him from Ludington to the Eden Township area.
The sheriff says that Vunck was going to meet some friends to go hunting. The cab driver last saw him walking off into the woods.
Vunck does have a long gun, possibly a pellet gun, tent and ammunition with him, the sheriff reports.
Vunck is is 6ft. and 230 pounds with grey hair and hazel eyes.
Those who know Vunck say they are concerned for his safety. Vunck was last seen the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 29
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11-03-2014, 06:47 AM #2
Sheriff explains why search parties are not searching for missing man.
Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said he is concerned about finding Leonard Allen Vunck, the Ludington man who has been missing since Wednesday. However, Cole has been reluctant to organize search parties for Vunck because the 67-year-old with a history of mental illness was last seen carrying what was described as a long gun.
Cole said friends of Vunck say they believe the gun is a pellet gun.
“My concern is the gun,” Cole said. “I cannot put the lives of deputies and other rescuers at risk if this man has a gun. In addition, he has been reported to be off his medication.”
Cole said the sheriff’s office has been patrolling the roads in that area and the K-9 unit was out in the vicinity today. However, an organized search party is just too risky at this time.
Cole added that Vunck has disappeared two other times in recent times. Once he was eventually found in Indiana and the other time he was in Florida.
11-03-2014, 06:58 AM #3
Friends searching for missing Ludington man near Whiskey Creek.
A search is underway for Leonard Allen Vunck, a Ludington man who has been missing since Wednesday. Jamie Killips is organizing the search party that began at 11 a.m. at Whiskey Creek Campground. Searchers were being asked to wear bright clothing, bring water and a charged cell phone (however, cell phone is very weak in that area).
On Wednesday, Vunck, who has a mental illness, called up a taxi that took him from his Ludington home to Eden Township. The taxi driver dropped him off in the area of Hawley Road between Indian Trails and Wood Trail. Vunck was also carrying ammunition and a tent and told the taxi driver he was going hunting with some friends. Cole said friends of Vunck say they believe the gun is a pellet gun.
Phillips said was last seen Friday around 4 p.m. by two different groups of hunters. He was seen 1/4 mile west of Woods Trail on Hawley Road, the location the taxi dropped him of at.
11-04-2014, 07:29 AM #4
Searchers unable to find missing man.
Searchers spent several hours in the woods Saturday and Sunday attempting to find Leonard Allen Vunck, the 67-year-old Ludington man who has been missing since Wednesday.
Vunck lives at Pineview Apartments on North Washington Ave. On Wednesday, he called a taxi and asked the driver to drop him off on East Hawley Road near Woods Trail, about a mile from Walhalla Road. The taxi driver reported that Vunck was carrying a long gun bag along with a tent and some ammunition, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.
“Yesterday we found the exact spot where the taxi driver dropped him off,” Elliott said. “We found his change bag, dial-a-ride tokens and his hat, which was frozen solid, along with a canteen of water.”
Elliott said about 25 people came to the privately-organized search Sunday. About 50 feet into the woods they found a sleeping bag and what appeared to be a campsite. However, there was no tent. “I found his tent in his apartment,” Elliott said. She said she has never known Vunck to own actual guns. He does own two pellet guns, though, and they are missing from the apartment. He’s lived at the apartment complex since 1993.
05-11-2015, 12:57 PM #5
The body of Leonard Vunck was discovered in the Pere Marquette River in Logan Township. The cause of death has been determined as a drowning.
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