Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Joe Clewley has been missing since 7-12-08. Lorraine Clewley was the last person known to see her husband. She had been up at the family cabin and left on July 10. He promised her if he went hiking, he'd stay on the trails. Lorraine then talked to Joseph on the phone two nights after she'd left the cabin. The next day, Joseph missed his 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. check-in times, as he had done on occasion in the past. But after he missed the July 14 morning call, Lorraine worried and called other family members, who initiated the first well-being checks by police.
Joe's vehicle was found on Tahqua Trail at the trail head to the North Country Pathway, about a mile from his cabin. The van was unlocked, the keys were inside and the gas tank was near empty. All things Clewley's children said were uncharacteristic for their father. Joe is very familiar with the country in that area as he is an avid hiker and has used that area for the past 20 plus years. Clewley carried no cell phone, wallet, watch, walking stick, backpack, compass or water bottle. There was no evidence of foul play or abduction. Clewley left his reading glasses and wallet back at the cabin in their regular spots.
His dog, Chip, was with him when he disappeared.
Chip ended up at Joseph's cabin (on the Coppertrail) 20 days later, thin, but otherwise in good health.
After a vet check, family members came to believe the 9-year-old dog had been cared for by someone over at least some of the time he was missing.
An extensive search has been conducted with no results in the area around that vehicle and cabin.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chippewa County Sheriff's Department
Det Sgt Mike Bitnar
Cheboygan Daily Tribune