THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Niagara Firefighters Find Missing Man Dead in Woods
Issue Date: January 10, 2018
The body of a 19-year-old man was found off of Barlow Lake Road in the Town of Niagara on Monday, Jan. 8.
Jacob Gleason was believed to be traveling through the area on his way back to Houghton before he ended up in the woods.
At 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, someone reported a car with Michigan plates that had been abandoned off of Barlow Lake and Brown Spur on a snowmobile trail. After investigating, sheriff's deputies discovered the car belonged to Gleason, who had been traveling and hadn't been heard from in over 24 hours.
At 8:30 p.m. on Monday, a group of Niagara firemen found Gleason's body, but with their cell phones about to die in the middle of the forest, they were forced to take extraordinary measures to retrieve the body.
The group made a fire and waited for law enforcement officers to arrive, at which time they took turns hauling the body out and it was turned over to the Marinette County Coroner so an autopsy can be performed this week. The investigation is ongoing, as it is unknown why he ended up off of the snowmobile trail near Niagara. In a release on Sunday, the Sheriff's Department said Gleason may have been "in need of mental health assistance."
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve thanked the effort of the search team from Niagara. Also assisting the sheriff was the Niagara Rescue Squad, the Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin State Patrol, Marinette County Deputy Coroner and the Marinette County Dispatchers in the 911 Center.