Elderly woman missing since Tuesday found

An elderly woman who had been missing since Tuesday afternoon is safe and sound tonight.

Michigan State Police Troopers from the Wakefield Post located 82-year-old Helen Wakevainen around 8:00 eastern tonight. Wakevainen went missing from her home on Lake Gogebic in Marenisco Township around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. She was found on the west shore of Lake Gogebic by the Michigan State Police K9 Unit, just a quarter mile from her home in the woods. Wakevainen was initially transported by Marenisco EMS before being intercepted by Beacon Ambulance en route to Aspirus Grandview Hospital. Troopers at the scene say “she is alive and doing well.”

The search and rescue of Wakevainen was assisted by the Gogebic County Search and Rescue, the Lake Gogebic Volunteer Fire Department, the Department of Natural Resources, the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, the Marenisco Police Department, and the Gogebic County Victim Services Unit.