School on 'soft' lockdown during search for missing man

Police searching for a missing Shelbyville man located him asleep in a tent in a brushy area near two Grand Haven Area schools.
Becky Vargo
Sep 3, 2014


The 32-year-old was sought because of concerns by his family for his well being, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Children were kept inside during their recesses at nearby Rosy Mound Elementary School.

There was no official lockdown at the elementary school to the west or at Grand Haven High School, a short distance to the south, Bennett said.

Rosy Mound Principal Kevin Blanding said, in a letter to parents, the school was placed in a “soft lockdown per the direction of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s department due to an external situation.”

Blanding said students went about their normal daily routine, but were not allowed to go outside for a period of time. A sheriff’s deputy was positioned at the school during this time.

As of 2 p.m., the school was cleared to go about normal routine, he noted.

The missing man’s vehicle was located in the edge of the elementary school’s parking lot, across from the Ottawa County Road Commission property at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Rosy Mound Drive, Bennett said.

K-9 units located the tent in the brush about 150 yards south of Rosy Mound and west of U.S. 31.

Grand Haven Township firefighters used their all-terrain vehicle to transport the man to a waiting ambulance.

Bennett said the man was not injured. He was being taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The initial call for police help came in between 9 and 10 a.m., he said.



Lol, you have someone sleeping in the wood,s near the school and the whole county is out there investigating, now that,s funny




They should have looked in the woods by Rosy Mound. Good thing the county had an ATV for the 150 yards back to civilization.

Vast Right Wing...

Someone sleeping in a tent and a school needs to be locked down?

What is up with all these lock downs? IMO an overkill most of the time.

deuce liti

Yeah, but it's the one time they don't do it and something happens.


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