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Without a Trace


Joseph Edward Waisanen, a.k.a. Joe or Joey, 33 at the time of his disappearance, white male, 6' 6" tall, 220-240 pounds, missing since March 20, 2016

Joseph Waisanen, age 33, of L'Anse, Michigan, and his blue 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with Michigan license plate CKT0729, have been missing without a trace since March 20, 2016.

Note: Joseph's truck was found on April 17 by a passing ATVer, south of 40 Foot Falls, and Joseph was found deceased on April 29 by a hiker, 5 miles away from his truck.



The Search


The Michigan State Police Calumet Post is the agency with jurisdiction over this investigation.


The Joseph Waisanen missing-person case was investigated by Michigan State Police troopers from the Calumet and Negaunee Township Posts.

Troopers, two State Police K-9 units, a State Police helicopter, and search personnel from Marquette County Search and Rescue, and Baraga County Search and Rescue, searched the 40 Foot Falls area for any sign of Joseph without success.


In the News

  Read the Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan) online

Reporting, courtesy of the Mining Journal (Marquette, Michigan)


Missing-Person Poster

  Joseph Waisanen's social-media-friendly missing-person poster

To download a social-media-friendly missing-person poster for Joseph Waisanen, click here, and then right click on the image to save it to your computer, or drag it onto your desktop.


Social Media

  National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

The Waisanen missing-person case is listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database.


Report a Tip

  Crime Stoppers USA

Report an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers USA

  • Phone: 1.800.222.8477
  • Internet: Web Tips

Report a tip to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post

  • 1-906-337-5145 (Case No. 87-759-16)

$1,000 Reward for Tips


Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR)
Marquette, Michigan
United States

MibSAR has posted a $1,000 reward—payable by the Michigan State Police—for information leading to the whereabouts of Joseph Waisanen, or for information leading to an arrest and conviction, if foul play was involved in his disappearance.


Thank you for taking the time to visit Joseph Waisanen's missing-person Web site.

If you know something, please say something, today!
Marquette, Michigan
United States

This missing-person investigative Web site is designed, hosted, and maintained by Michael Neiger—Lead Investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR)—a small, Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) based in Marquette, Michigan whose search-and-recovery operators are dedicated to investigating select unsolved missing-person cases and homicide cold cases in the remote bush between the Great Lakes in northern Michigan, USA, and the Arctic Ocean’s Lower Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada.

All searches, investigations, work products, and other services are provided free of charge to victims, their families, and agencies of jurisdiction.

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