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Bodies of Missing Hunters Uncovered in Lake St. Clair

The bodies of two men from Jackson County have been found in Lake St. Clair after family reported them missing over the weekend.

Father and son duo Timothy Hughes, 59, and Daniel Hughes, 24, reportedly went out to the lake on Saturday, October 22, for a duck hunting trip. They left their home around 5 a.m. and were due back that same night. When they didn’t return by nightfall, however, their family members became concerned and alerted the authorities, who then sent out search parties to find the two missing men.

The pair’s pickup truck and boat trailer were found parked at the Lake St. Clair Metropark boat launch in Harrison Township around 2 a.m. on Sunday. The Macomb County marine division, along with U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard forces, implemented a search-and-rescue mission in and around the lake.

Daniel Hughes’s body was found around 9 a.m. on Sunday, in Canadian waters about four miles away from Seaway Island. Timothy Hughes’s body was uncovered in the same location several hours later. Their boat was also reportedly found in the surrounding area.

More than 38 million Americans participate in hunting and fishing throughout the year, most without incident. The cause of these deaths remains unknown, pending investigation. Their families have been notified.

“It was not the happy rescue we were praying for,” said a relative, Stacy Hughes. “We have lost a husband, father, grandpa, son, brother and uncle. Our worlds have been shook and we’re not sure what this means for us. But we do know that we have each other, we have an amazing support system and we have a Lord that will surround us in comfort.”

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