By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
The body of a Boyne City woman identified as Carole Jeanne Hague has been found.
The 61-year-old former Boyne City Public Schools teacher had gone missing back on Tuesday, March 15 when co-workers, family and friends said they could not reach her.
“On Saturday, March 19, at 12:47 p.m. This department was contacted by an individual reporting his sister missing,” stated Boyne City Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Gettel. “Hague was described as very punctual and this was very much out of the ordinary for her.”
He added, “After searching Ms. Hague’s residence and interviewing family and friends, officers made contact with troopers at the St. Ignace State Police Post, and requested the troopers check areas in the U.P. Where Ms. Hague was known to visit or cross-country ski.”
According to police, information from Ms. Hague’s cell phone carrier indicated the last time her phone was contacted by a cell tower was on March 17. From that they were able to provide officers a general location of the cell phone when last contact was made.
On March 20 a search of trails west of St. Ignace was initiated and Hague’s body was found early Sunday Morning.
“Troopers from St. Ignace located the missing woman’s vehicle at a trail head west of St. Ignace and notified Boyne City officers,” Gettel stated.
According to Sgt. Matt Casselman of the St. Ignace State Police, the matter is still under investigation.
“I don’t know if there has been a request for autopsy,” Casselman said. “There’s nothing to indicate foul play, and it doesn’t look like anything was self-inflicted.”
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann remembers the long-time teacher well.
“It’s just tragic,” Baumann said. “Everybody is just heartbroken.”
Baumann met Hague while attending music events in Boyne City.[private]
“Sean Ryan, the local folk singer, was Carole’s boyfriend for many years,” he said. “I met her by just going to see Sean play many times.”
Hague spent her retirement visiting her cabin in the Upper Peninsula and selling soap from her company Woodsong Soap.
“She participated in the farmer’s market and you’d see her down there every Saturday,” Baumann said. “She was also in the Harvest Festival with her soap company, and we’ve bought Christmas presents for the whole family from Carole.”
Boyne City Gazette Editor Chris Faulknor was one of Hague’s many students.
“Carole was my third-grade teacher at Boyne City Elementary School for my 1996-1997 school year,” he said. “I will remember her for her strong passion for literacy, and sense of order in the classroom.”
He added, “She was organized, efficient, and had a love for teaching.”[/private]
Funeral plans were unavailable by press time.