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Body of missing Cheboygan man found in river, police say

UPDATE 3/19/24 6:20 p.m.

CHEBOYGAN — Cheboygan Police say David Demara was found deceased in the Cheboygan River on Tuesday.

They say DNR and police officers were searching the river around 4:15 p.m. when they discovered the body. The family has been notified, and the investigation into cause of death is ongoing.


3/18/24 5:00 p.m.

CHEBOYGAN — The Cheboygan Police Department is seeking the public’s help in located a missing vulnerable adult male.

David John Demara was last seen Friday morning, March 15, at 12:35 a.m. walking away from the Next Door Food Store on 309 E. State St. in Cheboygan. Police say David lives close to the store.

They say David does not have a phone or access to a vehicle.


He is a white male, 51, approximately 6′2″ tall and weighs between 160-190 lbs. He has a shaved head with short grey hair. David was last seen wearing a green short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and a pair of black-framed glasses.

Several groups have been out looking for Demara with dogs, boats and drones. Police are asking people in the Cheboygan area to check any unlocked sheds or trailers on their property in case David is inside.

If you have any information, please contact the Cheboygan Police Department at 231-627-4321 or call 911.

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