DNR Details Rescue Of Kidnapped Child This Week

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has revealed more information about a kidnapping in the Upper Peninsula that resulted in a statewide Amber Alert this week. Lieutenant Skip Hagy with the DNR in Newberry tells WSJM News 53-year-old George Cunningham and 68-year-old Jon Stygler on Wednesday night attacked multiple people at a home in Chippewa County where Cunningham’s 5-year-old son lived. They then took the boy. The two men with the boy in tow ditched a vehicle near Paradise, and then went walking out on Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.

“They were doing a zigzag pattern as they heading toward Canada,” Hagy said. “The officers were definitely nervous because they were aware of the fact that an ice breaker had gone through there recently, so they were heading for what was going to be open water.”

Hagy says the suspects were pulling the boy on a sled in slush that was up to their knees. Two DNR officers and a sheriff’s deputy pursued them on snowmobiles. Hagy says the officers didn’t know what to expect.

“You don’t know if you’re going to end up in a gun fight or how it’s going to go down at that point,” Hagy said. “Fortunately, the subjects did surrender.”

The DNR says there’s no way the two suspects would have made it to Canada because of the open water left by the ice breaker. Hagy tells us the suspects were exhausted by the time officers reached them. The kidnapped boy is now back home unharmed, and the suspects are facing a variety of charges.