Search halted for missing handicapped man due to opening day of deer season

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Officials in the northern Michigan county of Presque Isle have halted the search for a mentally handicapped man due to the opening day of firearm deer season, and they probably won’t start searching again until the season ends two weeks from now.

The search for Michael Schepke — a 47-year-old mentally handicapped man who is also diabetic and in desperate need of his medicine — was called off because of the danger people could face by searching in such a populated hunting area, officials told

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An official with the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s office told The Washington Times that the search would most likely not start back up until the end of deer season on Dec. 1.

Mr. Schepke was last seen Sunday afternoon walking in the vicinity of Birchwood Drive near Morrill Road.

He was seen wearing dark colored pants, a heavy blue fall jacket, a black baseball cap with “Alaska” printed on it and brown above-the-ankle boots, reported.

Temperatures in the area are expected to be near-freezing for the next two nights.

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