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September 27, 2013

Missing Kalkaska man still a mystery

TRAVERSE CITY — A Kalkaska man who disappeared from his home more than four weeks ago remains missing.

Michael Bayne, 45, was last seen at about 10 p.m. Aug. 26 by his wife at their Orange Township home. He was missing the next morning. His vehicle, wallet, cellphone and pain medication for a longtime back problem were still at the residence.

Lisa Awrey, Bayne’s sister, said his family members don’t know what to do next. Authorities and volunteers already extensively searched the area around Bayne’s home in every direction for two miles or more using search and rescue dogs.

“It’s just a mystery,” Awrey said. “We don’t know where else to search anymore.”

Kalkaska County authorities said there have been no recent developments in their investigation into Bayne’s disappearance.

“We’ve not had any new leads, or clues or any new information at all,” Kalkaska County Sheriff Dave Israel said.

Bayne is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 195 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a green flannel shirt, jeans or sweat pants and black tennis shoes.

Israel said Bayne’s disappearance is “out of character,” but there’s no indication of foul play or the involvement of other individuals.

“There’s no reason to think anybody did anything to him,” Israel said.

But Awrey doesn’t think her brother would be absent for so long on his own accord.

“His family is the most important thing in the world to him,” she said. “It’s not like him to just up and leave.”

Awrey said Bayne is the kind of person who would help anybody. She hopes someone will step forward to help locate him.

“Somebody out there knows something, and they just aren’t telling,” Awrey said.

Individuals with any information related to Bayne’s disappearance are asked to call the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department at 231-258-3350.

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