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John Lipuma

Missing Person Case September 2021

John, approximately 2001

Date reported missing : 06/14/2001

Missing location (approx) :
Powell Township, Michigan
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a London Fog windbreaker.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. John has a receding hairline.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : John and his wife, Jane, were last seen in Powell Township, Michigan on June 14, 2001. The couple took a 15 foot 7-inch green plastic 1999 Waterquest canoe out on Lake Superior that day. The water was rough and the water temperature was about 51 degrees.
The canoe, the Lipumas' life jackets and other personal belongings were later found scattered along the shoreline, and Jane's body was found near Trout Point in the Munising, Michigan area on July 14. John's body has never been located.

Other information and links : ncy

Michigan State Police

September 2021 updates and sources

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The Holland Sentinel

October 12, 2004. March 20, 2012; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.