Robert Nylan missing five days, family loses hope

8:45 PM, May 30, 2013   |    comments
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Robert Nylen

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The sister of a Kent County man, missing since the weekend, says she just wants to find his body.

Robert Nylen, 62, was last seen Saturday night leaving Pauly's, a party and liquor shop along M-21 in Lowell Township. He was later spotted walking barefoot into a wooded and swampy area near Buttrick Ave. and Bolt St. in Cascade Township.

Thursday's search centered near Nylen's house at 11055 Grand River Drive and nearby Riverfront Park.

Authorities believe Nylen was likely intoxicated when he disappeared and disoriented. His sister, Nancy Nylen says Robert likely waded or swam across the river from his home to the party store and may have tried to cross back the same way; or he may have fallen in the woods around his home.

She is expecting the worst outcome.

Nylen is six-feet tall with a slim build and light blond hair. He was last seen covered in mud. He was wearing blue jeans but had no shoes on.

Anyone with information in this case, is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department at (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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