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Michael Joseph Linklater, age 44 at time of disappearance, aboriginal male, born 1959, brown eyes & hair, 66 inches tall, 158 pounds, medium build, medium complexion. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Michael Joseph Linklater of Moosonee, Ontario, Canada was last seen on July 13, 2003.

A skilled hunter, trapper, and fisherman, Michael was staying with his father and brother at their remote bush camp along the Abitibi River, downstream of New Post Creek Falls, and some 95 kilometers upstream of the Moose River Estuary on the Arctic Ocean's James Bay, off Lower Hudson Bay.

Michael reportedly walked out their camp around 6:00 am, never to be seen again.


14-Day Search

  Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
  Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
  Attawapiskat First Nation

Despite an extensive, 14-day ground and air search of several 100 square kilometers of dense bush, no trace of Michael Joseph has ever been found.

The nearly 50-strong search party included:

  • Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officers
  • 9 members of the OPP's elite Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • 2 OPP K-9 teams
  • 1 OPP helicopter
  • 1 MNR helicopter
  • 21 Attawapiskat First Nation elders and bush veterans who had to be flown in—7 at a time, from the isolated village of Attawapiskat, up the roadless coast of James Bay from Moosonee—before they could board the Polar Bear Express bush train, which dropped them in the search area

In the News

  The Daily Press (Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Reporting on the Linklater search was largely by the The Daily Press, which is situated in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.


Missing-Person Poster

  Michael Linklater's social-media-friendly missing-person poster

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


Social Media

  Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

The Linklater missing-person case is featured on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Canada's Missing Web site


Report a Tip

  Crime Stoppers Ontario, Canada

Report an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers Ontario, Canada

  • Phone: 1.800.222.8477
  • Internet: Web Tips

$1,000 Reward for Tips
Marquette, Michigan
United States

MibSAR has posted a $1,000 reward—payable by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police—for information leading to the whereabouts of Michael Linklater, or for information leading to an arrest and conviction, if foul play was involved in his disappearance.




Geo-Magnetic Compass beta

Quadrangle list

  • 1:1,000,000 Backroad Mapbook — Northeastern Ontario, 4th Edition: Moosonee/Moose Factory (page 95), Backroad Mapbooks
  • 1:250,000 Moosonee, Ontario (42-P, Edition 2, 1992) Energy, Mines, and Resources, Canada
  • 1:250,000 Moose River, Ontario (42-I, Edition 2, 1989) Energy, Mines, and Resources, Canada
  • 1:50,000 Ranoke, Ontario (42 I/15, Edition 1, 1954-55 [1970]), Energy, Mines, and Resources, Canada
  • 1:50,000 Picket Creek, Ontario (42 I/12, Edition 1, 1954-55 [1970]) Energy, Mines, and Resources, Canada
  • 1:50,000 Onakawana, Ontario (42 I/11, Edition 1, 1954-55 [1970]) Energy, Mines, and Resources, Canada

Thank you for taking the time to visit Michael Linklaters'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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