Family fears missing Sterling Heights man could be in danger

Steve Pardo
The Detroit News

Police, family and friends are searching wooded areas of Macomb County for a 27-year-old Sterling Heights man who has been missing since Sunday and may be in danger of harming himself.

Lawrence Kunz left his house on a blue mountain bike Sunday and may have been headed to a tree-covered area north of the city, Sterling Heights police said. He was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday at the Meijer store at M-59 and Hayes where he bought a tent and 20 feet of chain.

“He’s somewhere in the woods starving to death right now,” said his father, Lawrence Kunz Sr.

Family members are concerned because the younger Kunz, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, disappeared in April, too. He had chained himself to a tree for more than three days until he was found by police.

Kunz Sr. is certain his son has ventured into a wooded area with the red tent and has secured himself to a tree again.

His father is offering a $2,000 reward. He said there are 30-40 people searching for his son and he hopes to have more.

“I would like people to search the area from 26 Mile all the way up to (Interstate) 69 and from 69 to M-53 all the way to (Interstate) 94,” he said. “I’ve searched everywhere from 17 Mile to 26 Mile.”

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department conducted a helicopter search of the M-59, Hayes Road and 21 Mile area Friday but found nothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sterling Heights Police at (586) 446-2892.

(313) 222-2112