Posted by The Huron Hub Monday, March 30, 2020 11:15 AM EST
South Rockwood, Monroe County — On March 29 at 5:15 p.m., Michigan State Police troopers from the Monroe post were dispatched to the Downriver Marina in South Rockwood in reference to two missing fisherman.
Troopers learned that at 9:50 a.m., 29-year-old Justin Oaks took his 6-year-old son, Jaxon Oaks, went fishing in the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass. Investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message at approximately 11:58 a.m. on March 29.
According to family, Justin would have frequent contact via cell phone with family and friends while fishing but he stopped replying to texts and answering his phone after that last known contact. Justin and Jaxon did not return to their vehicle which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it.
Authorities were first contacted at approximately 4:37 p.m. and the United States Coast Guard subsequently began search efforts. An extensive search was conducted with assistance from the United States Coast Guard, the Michigan DNR, the Brownstown Police and Fire Departments, the Rockwood Police and Fire Departments and the Flat Rock Police and Fire Departments.
After exhausting all available search and rescue resources and abilities, the search was discontinued at approximately 12:00 a.m. on March 30.
The Michigan State Police Dive Team will be resuming search efforts on March 30. The boat that Justin and Jaxon were fishing in, is a camo colored 1996 Grumman 14-foot aluminum duck boat with hull #0MCL2931C696.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Monroe Post at 734-242-3500.