Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Posse Search and Rescue Unit was created in June of 2005 to expand the capabilities of the Posse. The SAR unit was registered with Homeland Security by Lt. Mike TerMeer of the Sheriff's Office after a training session at the Y.M.C.A Campground near Bancroft. Only two weeks later, they were called as mutual aid for the Ricky Holland abduction (and consequently murder) case. They were used as uniformed building searchers. As a result of that exposure, some of the members were sent to Search Manager courses in Grand Rapids, MI. They began to spread their wings from there.
Their first test was in September, 2005. They were assisting the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau in locating a firearm used in an armed robbery. The dive team combed the Looking Glass River while the ground team searched the riverbanks. They found the gun in the river after searching for about four hours.
Next, there was a wilderness search for a suicide victim south of Durand. He had been missing for six weeks when they were called. He was located in less than one hour. The SAR unit established a crime scene and awaited the detectives.
In July 2007, they were called to search for a missing man in Flushing Twp. By this time they had incorporated twenty trained searchers to assist them. They were able to find him in five hours (within 15 minutes of death but, alive). He is still alive today.
In July 2008, they were called by the Michigan State Police to search for a missing man in Owosso, MI. After working past the lies of a purported eye witness, they found him on the afternoon of the seventh day. He had been deceased for three days.
The S.A.R. group includes a Mounted Unit, a Canine Unit, a Dive Team, four helicopters, two fixed wing aircraft, boats, canoe, O.R.V's and sixty citizens trained to be force multipliers and team leaders. This county has seen the good of a SAR unit and how valuable this type of unit is to them. They have seen the satisfaction the SAR unit receives from the experience of actually making a difference in a family's life. Join the Posse, it's good for your heart!

Dive Team

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Posse Search and Rescue Dive Team services local law enforcement and fire/rescue teams. However, they will respond to any location requesting our assistance. The dive team is comprised of certified divers as well as support personnel. They train year round and are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day in case of emergencies. The dive team is available for evidence, vehicle and body recovery.

In 2008 the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team assisted the county with the search of a missing man, John Tierney, who had Alzheimers. He left his home in Owosso sometime before 11:30 PM on July 13th and took the family dog, a german shepard mix named Buddy. He was wearing pajamas, a NASCAR jacket and no shoes. The civilian SAR team helped in the search as well as the Posse horses. Everyone involved worked tirelessly and searched for 8 days. Unfortunately, John's body was found in a field near the Owosso Airport by a search helicopter.

Dive Team