Boat Found On Huron River; Search Continues For Missing Father And Son

WWJ News
April 06, 2020 - 2:47 pm
Missing father and son fishing in Rockwood

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(WWJ) A boat belonging to a 29-year-old man and his 6-year-old son who went missing while fishing on the Huron River has been found.

Unfortunately, they were not on it. 

Flat Rock Police say the camo-colored 1996 Grumman 14-foot aluminum duck boat was recovered Sunday, but there was no sign of Justin Oaks and his son, Jaxon.

The two were last heard from on Sunday, March 29, according to their family, as they were fishing the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass in the South Rockwood area. 

Investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message at approximately 11:58 a.m.

"According to family, Justin would have frequent contact via cell phone with family and friends while fishing but he stopped replying to texts and answering his phone after that last known contact," Michigan State Police said in a release. "Justin and Jaxon did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it."

Authorities were first contacted at approximately 4:37 p.m. that day, and the Coast Guard subsequently began search efforts.

An extensive search was conducted with assistance from the United States Coast Guard, the Michigan DNR, the Brownstown Police and Fire Departments, the Rockwood Police and Fire Departments and the Flat Rock Police and Fire Departments. The Michigan State Police Dive Team searched the following day, but didn't find anything

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Monroe Post at 734-242-3500.