Missing woman found, man arrested

MUNISING — Two people reported missing earlier this week were found in Munising early this morning including a male suspect who allegedly held a female victim against her will, according to the lead detective.

Family members of both LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth, 28, and Eric Scott Ruska, 37, reported the two as missing when each failed to show up at their homes and their common workplace after fishing together in Delta County on Sunday, explained Det. 1st Lt. Robert Pernaski of the Michigan State Police headquarters in Marquette.

Ruska, a convicted sex offender, was undergoing questioning by state troopers at the Munising Police Department this morning while Wilmoth was being evaluated at U.P. Health Systems in Marquette.

Though criminal charges were pending this morning, Ruska is expected to be lodged at the Alger County Jail, said Pernaski, noting that Wilmoth was healthy with no apparent physical trauma.

“We had information that they were still in the central U.P. and coming out in the middle of the night to get food,” said Pernaski.

Throughout the week, state police posted bulletins and informed the media about the two missing persons and a description of Ruska’s truck. Police followed up on tips that came in during the week with no substantial results, said Pernaski.

Plains-clothed troopers were also conducting surveillance at 24-hour gas stations and convenience stores throughout the central U.P. region, which ultimately resulted in finding the two missing people, explained the detective.

At 4:25 a.m. today, plain-clothed troopers saw what appeared to be Ruska’s truck at the gas pumps at the Shell Station in Munising.

“They approached the truck and identified him,” said Pernaski, adding that Wilmoth was in the vehicle and made it clear to troopers that she was being held against her will.

“It worked out well in the end though it took longer than we had hoped. It’s over,” said Pernaski, thanking all the local agencies and public who assisted in the search for the two missing persons.

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