Law enforcement continuing to search for missing Manistee teen.

April 6, 2018

Garrett Sheaks

Law enforcement continuing to search for missing Manistee teen.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

MANISTEE TOWNSHIP — Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan is reporting that law enforcement and search and rescue teams are continuing to search for Garrett Sheaks, a 16-year-old from Manistee who has been missing since Monday, April 2. Sheaks, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had been depressed and suicidal, his mother, Julie Shively said.

O’Hagan said that a media station had reported that the search for Sheaks had been suspended, but that information was not accurate.

“We have been with the family on a daily basis; working around the clock checking vacant building, reviewing video footage from various business where some tips have surfaced,  disseminating flyers, canvassing areas, and spreading the word throughout all law enforcement statewide,” O’Hagan said. “Yesterday (Thursday, April 5) we sent out our C.E.R.T. Team (Citizens Emergency Response Team) which is a group of volunteers who are trained in search and rescue to search his last known area. We focused on a ½ mile radius in and around Birch Road, Lakeshore and Kott Road in Manistee Township.

“We are currently having electronic media analyzed while we continue to investigate. We have entered him in the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children and currently working on updating NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) to increase our chances in finding Garrett.

Garrett Sheaks

“We want to encourage anyone, if they see someone matching his description, to call 911 or your local law enforcement agency immediately. I want to thank all our neighboring law enforcement partners, emergency responders, the media, and volunteers for assisting us during this very difficult time.”

Sheaks is described as being 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing about 150-160 pounds with dark brown eyes and dark colored hair. Shively believes Garrett was wearing a dark coat, dark colored pants, a black winter stocking cap and had a black backpack. He was believed to be riding his bike which is black with silver or grey lettering.

“I love him and I want him to come home,” Shively said. “He may be trying to take shelter or anywhere he can find to keep warm. If anyone who sees this that has an abandoned shed or garage please check, please help me bring him home.

Garrett is a junior at Manistee High School.

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