Search for missing snowmoblier enters third day

MARQUETTE — An Ishpeming man is missing after leaving his secondary home on his snowmobile Sunday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Special Operation Division and Search and Rescue are searching for Dennis Frederick Pellinen, 54, of Ishpeming, after he was reported missing by his family on Monday, Jan. 7.

Pellinen was last seen around 6 p.m. leaving his second residence on County Rd. 444, McFarland, in southern Marquette County near the Delta County line on Jan. 6.

Pellinen was driving a blue and gray 2003 SRX Yamaha snowmobile and was wearing a black Carhart jacket. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office reported it is believed Pellinen was not wearing a helmet.

Special Operations, Search and Rescue and other deputies searched the area on snowmobiles and ATVs. The search was suspended for the night at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Special Operations, Search and Rescue, other deputies, and the Michigan State Police resumed the search Tuesday in the daylight but were still unable to find him.

Many local trails and roads were searched with snowmobiles, officers on foot, as well as several local volunteers and volunteers from the fire department in McFarland.

A Michigan State Police helicopter was requested, but due to the bad weather in the lower peninsula it was unable to make the trip to assist the search Tuesday. Marquette County Sheriff’s Office requested the helicopter for the search efforts today, but it is dependent on the weather if it will be able to make the trip.

A valley medical helicopter assisted in the search Tuesday.

Delta County Search and Rescue are also participating in the search.

The Marquette Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information on Pellinen’s whereabouts to call Central Dispatch at 906-475-9912.

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