By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor
Following an incident reported on social media describing a suspicious person lurking at Crosswinds Marsh, 27600 Haggerty Road, Huron Township police want residents to know that the marsh is not within the department’s jurisdiction.
A Facebook user posted to a local group page on May 6 and said that a man, likely in his 30s, was following her and two young girls she was with while they rode their horses around the marsh trails.
“He followed slowly, and even parked to watch us as a horse of ours struggled to cross a bridge. He then drove ahead and parked near our trailer, waiting for us. On such a dreary day, we were the only ones in the park so 911 was called just to be safe,” the woman said in her post.
The post then went on to describe how during her 911 calls, she was bounced around to area law enforcement agencies before a family member arrived to the park and confronted the suspicious man, who eventually drove away.
“This alleged incident did not occur in Huron Township. It would be inappropriate for our department to comment on this alleged incident in any way,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.
Robbins said that the police department has received several calls from residents concerned about this issue, most unaware of the location of the Crosswinds Marsh.
“Calls have been received from residents concerned about this issue, most were unsure of the location of the Crosswinds Marsh. Callers perceived that based on the post being on a local social media site, that it was located in Huron Township. The Crosswinds Marsh is located in Sumpter Township. The law enforcement agency responsible for the Crosswinds Marsh is the Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department. The Huron Township Police Department does not have jurisdiction at this location.”
Crosswinds is a 1,000 acre marsh wetlands that opened to the public in 1997 and is best known for its outdoor recreation opportunities. The marsh was created a result of a land-swap when nearby Metro Airport destroyed 200 acres of wetland to expand its runways.
An Airport Authority spokesperson said over the phone Tuesday morning that they are looking into this incident and will update the Huron Hub with further details. Please check back for an update.
Airport police dispatch can be reached at 734-942-5212.