Massive search underway for missing 79-year-old grandfather in Lapeer County

Joe Mindelli went missing on Monday after going hiking

The search for a missing grandfather has stretched into three counties after the 79-year-old went hiking and didn’t come home.
The search for a missing grandfather has stretched into three counties after the 79-year-old went hiking and didn’t come home.

LAPEER COUNTY, Mich. – The search for a missing grandfather from Lapeer County has stretched into three counties after the 79-year-old went hiking and didn’t come home.

Joseph Mindelli, who went missing Monday morning, enjoyed hiking the path. A community came together Wednesday night looking for him.

“It’s hell looking for your dad lost in the woods,” said his son, Joe Mindelli.

“We need to keep going and we need to keep searching for him. We need to find him, we want him home,” said his daughter, Kristyn Theobald.

Anyone wanting to help in the search can visit Dryden Township Police Department’s Facebook page. The department is organizing searches.

“He’s doing what he loved. He loved the outdoors and now he’s lost ... We need help,” said his son, Mark Mindelli.

Watch the full report in the video above.

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