Crews Will Not Lower Lake Level For Missing Man 3-09-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Crews Will Not Lower Lake Level For Missing Man 3-09-2011

Search crews have decided not to lower the levels of Sanford Lake in hopes of finding a 62-year-old missing Midland County man.
Law enforcement considered lowering the lake nearly three feet below the current winter draw down level in their search for Bob Cole.
“After long and careful deliberation, I have decided to discontinue our plan,” Midland County Sheriff Jerry Nielsen said in a news release. “We have since learned that lowering the lake levels by three feet would create conditions of unsupported ice on Sanford Lake.”
Nielsen said that poses a possible hazard to ice fisherman, snowmobilers or anyone else utilizing the ice.
The Meridian track and cross country coach went missing Feb. 8 when he went searching for his daughter’s dog. The dog was found dead Feb. 12 on a pack of ice. Cole’s truck was found parked on his property along the Tittabawassee River.
Nielsen also said in order to continue with the lake-lowering plan, around-the-clock patrols would have been required to keep people off the lake.
"This lake is over 2,700 acres in size,” he said. “It would have been impossible to devote the resources required to accomplish this task.”
Nielsen said his office will continue in the search for Cole.
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