Authorities find body of missing MSU student

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Sebewaing Township — The body of a Michigan State University junior who went missing on New Year's Day has been found, officials said Wednesday.

Parker J. Haire, 21, of Cass City was found at about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday in the Sebewaing River, Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said Wednesday.

Hanson said Haire's body was found in waist-deep water and surrounded by reeds after falling through the ice. Deputies aboard an airboat located him, the sheriff also said.

Officials estimate the temperature of the river's water was in the mid-30s and the air temperature was between the teens and mid-20s Tuesday night. Hanson said humans can't survive in water that cold for more than an hour.

On Tuesday, authorities said they were trying to find Haire, who majored in actuarial science, after he called 911 seeking help and reported that he was cold, wet and apparently lost.

The man told a dispatcher he could see a factory. Around midday Tuesday, a Michigan Sugar employee reported finding a vehicle stuck in mud near their treatment pond’s fence.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office said deputies searched near the Sebewaing River after the call. Haire's location was tracked to Sebewaing Township, about 95 miles north of Detroit. Investigators said Tuesday that he may have been at a party earlier.

Associated Press contributed.