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Understanding missing persons cases
   & working with law enforcement new!

   Nature never overlooks a mistake,
   or makes the smallest allowance
   for ignorance.
   —Thomas H. Huxley, 1825-1895
   A Liberal Education, 1868


   Fear is the father of courage
   and the mother of safety.
   —Henry H. Tweedy, 1868-1953,


  Nothing is so much
   to be feared as fear.
—Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   Journal, 1851


   My life is like
   a stroll upon the beach,
   as near the ocean's edge
   as I can go.
—Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   My Life is like a . . . , 1849


   To drink in
   the spirit of a place
   you should be
   not only alone
   but not hurried.
   —George Santayana, 1863-1952
   The Letters of George Santayana


   He travels the fastest
   who travels alone.
   —Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
   Soldiers Three: The Winners, 1888


   The man who goes alone
   can start today,
   but he who travels with
   another must wait
   till that other is ready.
   —Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862
   Walden: Economy, 1854


   There is no denying
   that most of us,
   when we arrive
   at a place,
   immediately begin
   to think of other places
   to which
   we may go from it.
   —Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion


   Happiness is not
   a station you arrive at,
   but a manner of traveling.
   —Margaret L. Runbeck


   O to be self-balanced
   for contingencies,
   to confront night, storms,
   hunger, ridicule, accidents,
   rebuffs, as the trees
   and animals do.
   —Walt Whitman, 1819-1892
   Leaves of Grass, 1855


   A closed mouth
   gathers no feet.


   The laws of nature
   are the same everywhere.
   Whoever violates them
   anywhere must always
   pay the penalty.
   —Carl Schurz, 1829-1906


   Nature is not governed
   except by obeying her.
   —Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
   De Augmentis Scientiarum


   Nature's rules
   have no exceptions.
   —Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903
   Social Statistics, 1851


   Nature pardons
   no mistakes.
   Her yea is yea,
   and her nay, nay.
   —Ralph W. Emerson, 1803-1882
   Nature, Addresses, &
   Lectures: Discipline


   For Nature is one
   with rapine, a harm
   no preacher can heal;
   the mayfly is torn
   by the swallow,
   the sparrow spear'd
   by the shrike,
   and the whole
   little wood where I sit
   is a world of
   plunder and prey.
   —Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892
   Maud, 1855


Sails ripp'd,
   seams op'ning wide,
   and compass lost
   —William Cowper, 1731-1800
   On Rcpt of My Mother's Picture


   Though pleased to see
   the dolphins play,
   I mind my compass and my way.
   —Matthew Green, 1696-1737
   The Spleen


   Skill'd in the globe and sphere,
he gravely stands and,
   with his compass,
   measures seas and lands.
   —John Dryden, 1631-1700
   Sixth Satire of Juvenal





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I don't know what
your destiny will be,
but one thing I do know:
the only ones among you
who will be really happy
are those who have sought
and found how to serve.
—Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965
French theologian, medical missionary,
philosopher, musician,
and Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Chimo! Welcome to the home of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), a special operations team of volunteer, cold-case investigators organized as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Michael Neiger
Lead Investigator
Marquette, Michigan

Founded and run by Michael Neiger of Marquette, Michigan, MibSAR's mission is to assist Upper Michigan law enforcement agencies with criminal and non-criminal cold-case investigations involving missing-persons in remote, wilderness areas as well as unsolved felonies such as murder, assault, rape, kidnapping, bombing, bank robbery, grand larceny, counterfeiting, smuggling, etc.

MibSAR also investigates missing-person cold cases in the remote, wilderness regions of the eastern Lake Superior watershed of Ontario, Canada.

In addition to designing investigative Web sites and wanted posters, MibSAR also does archaeological- and historic-site mapping as well as artifact-scatter documentation.

As part of its Extreme Maps for Extreme Races community outreach program, MibSAR designs 1:24,000-scale racecourse cartography and elevation profiles for long-distance, muscle-powered, endurance events in the Midwest.

MibSAR is a member in good standing of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR); the International Society of Professional Trackers (ISPT); the International Association of Cold Case Investigators (IACCI); the International Crime Scene Investigation Association (ICSIA); and the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA).

All MibSAR services and work products are provided free of charge....read more.


MibSAR's Special Operations Blog is on Facebook

To learn the latest about MibSAR, visit it's Special Operations Blog on Facebook.

MibSAR's Special Operations Blog is an online publication dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in search and rescue, cold case investigations, crime scene processing, technical land navigation, and long-range, wilderness expeditioning.

Spec Ops Blogs index.

Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
—Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,
Author, diplomat, & humanitarian

MibSAR would like to thank it's generous partners, supporters, & sponsors for supporting its efforts at reuniting the missing with their loved ones. Thank You!

People who say it cannot be done,
...should not interrupt those who are doing it.


U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)


Alger County Sheriff's Department
Munising, Michigan


Alpine Aire Foods
Rocklin, California


Americas Best Value Inn
Munising, Michigan


Lebanon, New Hampshire


Salt Lake City, Utah


Black Diamond
Salt Lake City, Utah


Mountaineering Equipment Co.

Fremont, California


Riverton, Wyoming


Down Wind Sports
Marquette, Michigan


Cal's Party Store
Marquette, Michigan


Cascade Designs
Seattle, Washington


Chippewa County Sheriff's Office
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


Michigan Wing
Great Lakes Region
Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary


The Joseph R. Clewley Family
Michigan & Alabama


Crime Stoppers International


Crime Stoppers USA


Curley's Paradise Motel
Paradise, Michigan


Community Emergency Respone Teams
Citizen Corps


The Daily News
Iron Mountain, Michigan


Deuter USA, Inc.
Longmont, Colorado


Eastern Upper Peninsula
Search & Rescue
Luce County Sheriff's Office


Eneria Trail Foods
Marietta, Ohio


FBI Crime Laboratory
Quantico, Virgina


Federal Emergency Management Agency


Boulder, Colorado


Gossamer Gear
Austin, Texas


Grand Rapids, Michigan


Heavenly Harvest, Inc.
Moultrie, Georgia


Intelligent Limited
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, UK


International Society
of Professional Trackers
Santa Rosa, California


Isle Royale National Park
National Park Service
Houghton, Michigan


Iron Mountain Police Department
Iron Mountain, Michigan


Iron River Police Department
Iron River, Michigan


Iverson Snowshoe and Funiture
Shingleton, Michigan


Joes Gym
"Strength of the North"
Marquette, Michigan


Johnson's Printing Service
Marquette, Michigan


K-9 One Search and Rescue
Flint, Michigan


Dr. William T. Lichon
Forensic Odontologist
Saginaw, Michigan


Lowe Alpine
Lebanon, New Hampshire


Burt Crawford
Maple Lane Bloodhounds
Highland, Michigan


Teresa Schwalbach, PEM,
Emergency Mgmt Program Coordinator
Marquette County
Negaunee, Michigan


Marquette County Sheriff's Department
Marquette, Michigan


Randolph E. Smith, M.D.
Medical examiner
Forensic pathologist
Marquette General Health System
Marquette, Michigan


MaryJanesFarms Outpost
Moscow, Idaho


Marquette Forensic Crime Laboratory
Michigan State Police
Marquette, Michigan



MC Sports
Marquette, Michigan


Meyers Custom Supply
MREs—Meals Ready to Eat
Cassel, California


Michigan Search and Rescue
Southeastern Michigan


Dr. Bruce D. Miller
Marquette, Michigan


Michigan Department of Corrections
Emergency Response Team


Department of Natural Resources


Michigan State Police
Munising Post
Negaunee Post
Newberry Post


Norman Sauer, Ph.D.
Forensic Anthropologist
Michigan State University
East, Lansing, Michigan


John A. Vucetich, Ph.D.
Wildlife biologist
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan


The Mining Journal
Marquette, Michigan


Moosejaw Mountaineering
Madison Heights, Michigan


Mountain House
Albany, Oregon


Mountain Safety Reserach
Seattle, Washington


Golden, Colorado


Outdoor Research
Seattle, Washington


National Association
For Search and Rescue
Centreville, Virginia


Natural High
Loomis, California


The Newberry News
Newberry, Michigan


No Boundaries
Maps and Graphics, Inc.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


North Country Trail Association
Lowell, Michigan


The North Face®
San Leandro, California


The Paracordist's Custom 550 Creations
Bedford, Newhampshire


Riverton, Wyoming


Pukaskwa National Park
Heron Bay, Ontario, Canada


Scott J. Demel, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan


Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Wawa, Ontario, Canada


Packit Gourmet
Austin, Texas


Quest Outfitters
Sarasota, Florida


Search & Rescue of Michigan
Mio, Michigan


Steven L. Pence, J.D.
Marquette, Michigan


Seattle, Washington


The Toughest Clothes on the Planet™
Belmont, Maine


Loomis, California


Rite In The Rain
J. L. Darling Corp
Tacoma, Washington

Seal Line
Seattle, Washington


Sports Rack, Ltd.
Marquette, Michigan


Susan E. Roubal, D.O.
Marquette, Michigan


Seattle, Washington


Seattle, Washington


Negaunee, Michigan


U.S. Department of Homeland Security


U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation


Universal Tracking Services
Eugene, Oregon


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Zellar's Village Inn
Newberry, Michigan


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In God's wilderness
lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted,
unredeemed wilderness.
 — John Muir, 1838-1914
Alaska Wilderness, 1890

If you've been able to read this Web page...
thank a Teacher;
If you've been able to read this Web page in English...
thank a Veteran.
—Author unknown

• Disclaimer notice •
The information contained on this Web page and this Web site is provided solely for information, illustrative, and discussion purposes.

Although the author has made a sincere effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented on this Web page and this Web site, no warranty is expressed or implied.

The author assumes no responsibility or liability for any injuries, damages, losses, or other consequences that may result from the use of the information contained on this Web page and this Web site.

As with any human endeavor, omissions, inaccuracies, and errors will occur on this Web page and this Web site and the author makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information presented or that the information presented will produce any particular result or be suitable for any particular situation, person, organization, or other entity.

While corrections and revisions may or may not be made from time to time, any changes made to this Web page and this Web site are made without obligation to notify any person, organization, or other entity of any such changes.

The activities associated with the information contained on this Web page and this Web site are by their very nature inherently dangerous and the information presented can not take the place of good personal judgment, sound decision-making, professional training, proper equipage, adequate physical fitness, and expert guidance by trained and experienced professionals.

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by Michael A. Neiger

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Dead links? Inaccurate info?
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Some people
dream of worthy accomplishments,
stay awake and do them.

Bear-den recon 101
by Team MibSAR...

Click here or on image to view a video of MibSAR's Chris Ozminski reconing a bear den on a 5-day, Sept 24-28, 2008 SAR Operation in support of the Joe Clewley Investigation. (Video by Chris Ozminski)

More bear den recon videos: 1, 2

We take risks
not to escape Life,
   ...but to prevent
Life from escaping us.

The 1944 wreckage of a U.S. Army B-17 Flying Fortress found on a July 2008 SAR training operation in the Porcupine Mountains by Dennis Waite
and Michael Neiger.

   Nature's laws affirm
   instead of prohibiting.
   If you violate her laws
   you are your own
   prosecuting attorney,
   judge, jury, and hangman.
   —Luther Burbank, 1849-1926


   I follow nature
   as the surest guide,
   and resign myself,
   with implicit obedience,
   to her sacred ordinances.
   —Marcus T. Cicero, 106-43 B.C.


   All paths lead nowhere,
   so it is important
   to choose a path
   that has heart.
   —Carlos Castaneda


   Improvements make
   straight roads;
   but the crooked roads
   without improvement
   are the roads of genius.
   —William Blake


   We shall not
   cease from exploration
   And the end
   of all our exploring
   Will be to arrive
   where we started
   And know the place
   for the first time.
   —Thomas. S. Elliot, 1888-1965
   Four Quartets: Little Gidding, 1942


   The clearest way
   into the Universe is
   through a forest wilderness.
   —John Muir, 1838-1914
   John of the Mountains, 1938


   There is a great deal of
   unmapped country within us.
   —George Eliot, 1819-1880
   Daniel Deronda


   Look at this vigorous plant
   that lifts its head from
   the meadow, see how its leaves
   are turned to the north,
   as true as the magnet;
   this is the compass-flower,
   that the finger of god
   has planted here
   in the houseless wild,
   to direct the traveler's journey.
   —Henry W. Longfellow, 1807-1882
   Evangeline, 1847


   I shall be telling this with a sigh—
   somewhere ages and ages
   hence; two roads diverged
   in a wood, and I—I took
   the one less traveled by, and
   that has made all the difference.
   —Robert Frost, 1874-1963
   The Road Not Taken, 1916, stanza 4


   I think there is a fatality in it—
   I seldom go to the place
   I set out for.
   —Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768


As light and the day
are free to all men,
so nature has left all lands
open to brave men.
   —Caius Tacitus, Circa AD 55-117


   Books are the compasses
   and telescopes and sextants
   and charts which other men
   have prepared to help us
   navigate the dangerous
   seas of human life.
   —Jesse Lee Bennett,  1885-1931
   Books as Guides