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Incident

 
   
  (Photo courtesy of The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System [NamUs])

On November 16, 1988, Oscar Hintta — a 65-year-old retired custodian from Calumet, Michigan — went deer hunting with a friend in the Kenton Ranger District of the Ottawa National Forest.

The two hunters went off in different directions along USFS 1100, a gravel road situated in southern Houghton County's Duncan Township, about six miles northwest of Kenton, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

When Oscar did not return to their vehicle at the appointed time, 1:00 p.m., his friend notified authorities a couple hours later.

  • Name: Oscar Florence Hintta
  • Age: 69
  • Race: White
  • Sex: Male
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair: Unknown
  • Eyes: Unknown

A three-day search effort by a number of parties was significantly hampered by a freak storm that swept the area, dumping record amounts of rain before it turned to heavy, wet snow.

Search teams included:

  • Houghton County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives
  • Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)
  • US Forest Service Rangers
  • Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers from the L'Anse Post
  • Michigan State Police canine team from the Negaunee Post
  • Baraga County Search and Rescue
  • Dogs North search dogs
  • Baraga Village Police Department
  • Ontonagon County Search and Rescue
  • US Coast Guard helicopter
  • Duncan Township Volunteer Fire Department
  • Local hunters
  • Community volunteers
Click on map to view high-resolution imagery of where the search area is located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
 

A diabetic with a heart condition, Oscar was never seen or heard from again. No trace of him, his clothing, or his hunting rifle have ever been found.

If you know anything about Oscar's whereabouts, or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, please report it to the authorities.

 


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News media archive

   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 


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National missing-person database

 
   

Learn more about this case on NamUs, The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System


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Report a tip

Report a tip to the Houghton County Sheriff's Office (case no. 2046-88) at 906.482-0055.  
     
     

Report a tip anonymously via Crime Stoppers USA at 800.222.8477 or via their Internet-based E-tips program.

 
     

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Operational cartography

Geo-Magnetic Compass beta — The Quint-North Bush Compass Rose — for field operations

 
     
Search quadrangle for field operations  
     

USGS 1:24,000 quadrangle list for field operations:

 
     

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Team MibSAR

 
   
 

Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR),
Long Range Special
Operations Group (LRSOG)
www.MibSAR.com
Marquette, Michigan
United States

   
 
   
 

The founder of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), Michael Neiger of Marquette, Michigan is the lead investigator with MibSAR's Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG)

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A 26-year ex-Michigan State Police Detective/Sergeant, Michael holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, and is a certified SAR Crew Leader (SAR TECH I) — the top, field-deployable, search-and-rescue certification offered by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)

   
 

The design and hosting of this missing-person web site, and associated social-media-friendly graphics, are courtesy of Michael Neiger — Lead Investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR).

MibSAR is a small, Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG) based along the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. LRSOG 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.

 

MibSAR is a FEMA NIMS ICS document- compliant SAR Team

 

An independent, volunteer investigator, Michael Neiger is a 26-year veteran of the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP). He holds, or has held, memberships in the following professional organizations:

National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
 
International Society of Professional Trackers (ISPT)
 
International Association of Cold Case Investigators (IACCI)
 
International Crime Scene Investigators Association (ICSIA)
 
International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA)
 
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
 
International Association for Identification (IAI)
 
 
All of Michael Neiger's searches, investigations, work products, and other services
are provided free of charge to victims, their families, and law enforcement agencies.

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