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School on 'soft' lockdown during search for missing man

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:04 PM

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.

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