Police recover body of boy who went missing on Huron River in late March

Justin and Jaxon Oaks

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 25, 2020

Police on Friday recovered the body of Jaxon Oaks, 6, who went missing with his father Justin Oaks late last month during a fishing trip on the Huron River.

Justin Oaks’ body was was recovered on April 13.

“On April 24, 2020 a relative of the two boaters was continuing a search for the still missing 6-year-old, Jaxon Oaks. The relative subsequently discovered a body in the Huron River and reported it to the Michigan State Police. Members of the Michigan DNR assembled and assisted with the recovery of the body from the river. The body was positively identified as Jaxon Oaks, the 6-year-old son that went missing with his father on March 29, 2020,” Michigan State Police said.


At 9:50 a.m. on March 29, Justin Oaks, 29, took his son Jaxon fishing on the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass.

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.

A Michigan State Police investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message with a family member at approximately 11:58 a.m. on March 29.

An extensive search was conducted by the Michigan State Police Marine Services Team 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.

The boat they had been in was later recovered overturned in the Huron River.

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and was a graduate of Huron High School.

Article updated



Comment here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.