Missing NMU student found dead after 3-day search, 300 feet from road


Guiancarlo B. Estupigan. Photo courtesy of Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

Tim Eggert

A NMU student who had been missing since Thursday was found dead Sunday by volunteers assisting the Marquette County Search and Rescue team, according to a press release by Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt.

The sheriff’s release said the body of Guiancarlo B. Estupigan, 25, was recovered at 4:15 p.m. about 2,300 feet south of CR 510 and the Yellow Dog River, around 300 feet from the roadway.

Estupigan, a fish and wildlife major, had traveled to the Yellow Dog River area Thursday afternoon after telling his roommates he planned to hike and take photographs, according to the sheriff’s release. When Estupigan did not return, the roommates went to the Yellow Dog River parking lot, found Estupigan’s vehicle covered in snow and called central dispatch for rescue safety personnel.

Sheriff’s officials say Estupigan appeared to have been lost and disoriented in a snowstorm that hit the area Thursday afternoon. No foul play is suspected, the release said. An autopsy will be performed by the Marquette County Medical Examiner.

The Marquette County Search and Rescue team and volunteers were also assisted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers from across the UP, the Michigan State Police Canine Unit, the Michigan State Police Aviation Helicopter Unit, Rescue 131 and Powell Township 161.