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MI KEVIN GRAVES: Missing from music festival in Rothbury, MI - 1 July 2018 - Age 28

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search team looking for man missing from Electric Forest

    A search and rescue team is convening near the site of the Electric Forest music festival to search for a man who went missing from the festival several weeks ago.

    Graves' family has been searching for him since he went missing and are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his return.

    Shiawassee Search and Rescue, a private nonprofit organization, is joining the search beginning Monday, July 23. The group is conducting a search in the area of Rothbury, according to a Facebook post on the Help Us Find Kevin Graves Facebook page.

    The organization is not seeking volunteers, though they may be needed in the future, according to the post.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Volunteers search Double JJ Resort for missing man

    The Electric Forest Music Festival ended three weeks ago at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury and now the 1,000 acre facility is being prepared for the Sandy Corley Memorial Run.

    As one group works to set up for an event, another group was walking the property Monday, July 23 searching for Kevin Graves.

    The search of wooded areas, fields and ponds included a group of 30 volunteers working under the leadership of the Shiawasssee Search and Rescue, a private nonprofit organization.

    "They're just doing it out of the goodness of their hearts," said Gary Graves, Kevin's father.

    Graves says owners of the ranch gave the group permission to walk the grounds. The search is likely to stretch into Tuesday, July 24.

    Graves knows his son attended the second weekend of the music festival with his girlfriend. Graves was told the two argued and each went to different parts of the massive festival grounds.

    That's when information becomes unclear. Graves has been told his son was high on drugs and was in the first aid station for a period of time before being kicked out of the tent.

    The last communication with Kevin took place in the afternoon of Sunday, July 1 around 2 p.m.

    Graves says the short text from his son said he'd soon be paying his dad back for a small loan of money. Now, 22 days later, the Graves family still has so many unanswered questions.

    "We're at a stand still," said Graves. "We don't know nothing."

    Graves believe his son is still somewhere on the Double JJ property -- while at the same time hoping he is safe somewhere else.


  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mid-Michigan group joins search for man last seen at music festival

    On Monday, a Mid-Michigan volunteer group called Shiawassee Search and Rescue traveled three hours to help the Graves family search for Kevin’s body.

    “At this stage, it’s a search and recovery," said Ron Adkins with Shiawassee Search and Rescue.

    Adkins said three days have gone into carefully planning the search.

    “We train team leaders so each one of our people can take 10 to 15 people out by themselves and keep them organized and everything like that, so it’ll work out good," Adkins said.

    The Shiawassee group has done searches in every single county in the state. In fact, this time last year, they found the body of a missing man.

    Adkins said a successful search doesn’t always feel that way.

    “It’s hard sometimes, you know? But we actually adopted his family, so the family, they’re like our family now," Adkins said.

    While Graves’ family holds out hope, the search crew is keeping every possibility in mind.

    “If you set your mind to them being alive, you don’t search the same if they were dead so I always assume that they were passed away, especially this late in the game," Adkins said. "It’s been 21 days, so.”

    Adkins said it’s not his job to judge or determine what happened.

    “My job is to find them. That’s just how I look at it. It’s what I do," he said.

  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search continues for Highland Township man missing from music festival since July 1

    It's been over three weeks since Highland Township resident Kevin Graves was last seen at a western Michigan music festival, and no one has heard from him since.

    "It's been silence. We've got no idea what happened, if he ran off or where he could be. He left with the clothes on his back," said his father, Gary Graves, who has been leading search efforts. "He is 28 years old and a man but he's still my kid. The worst part for my wife and I is not knowing. We're trying to keep it together."

    "We'll do another search with as many volunteers as we can. Yesterday (July 23) was mostly family and friends - a lot will try to come back Saturday," said Graves.

    The private non-profit Shiawassee Search and Rescue has been conducting searches of the 2,000-acre festival site. The volunteer groups does search and rescue operations in all 83 Michigan counties and two counties in Ohio, Gary Graves was referred to the group and contacted them for help in locating Kevin.

    "On Monday (July 23) I only had five people but it was a workday. We'll have 20-23 people (from Shiawassee Search and Rescue) on the weekend," said Ron Adkins, search manager. "The biggest problem we're having is with maps -we don't have topographical maps."

    The search and rescue group searched four ponds on the 2,000-acre Double JJ property Monday. "If you look at a map of the property, only 20 percent is wooded - the rest of the acres are campgrounds. It's hard to hide a body in the grass," said Adkins, who described the effort as search and recovery.

    Volunteers who want to help with the search efforts on Saturday should arrive at 10 a.m. at the Wesco gas station, 7588 S Michigan Ave, Rothbury, MI 49452. It's off exit 136 on M-31. Bug spray and water will be provided to the volunteers, who should wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants and shoes - no sandals. Adkins also recommended a walking stick to make it easier to walk over uneven terrain.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Volunteers sought for search of man missing from Electric Forest

    A call for volunteers has been issued in the search for a man who went missing from the Electric Forest music festival nearly a month ago.

    Shiawassee Search and Rescue conducted a search of the festival grounds for Kevin Graves Monday at Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury. It will return Saturday, July 28, and is asking for volunteers to help.

    Volunteer searchers are asked to meet at 10 a.m. Saturday across the street from the Wesco store/gas station at 7588 S. Michigan Ave. in Rothbury.

    They will be searching through woods and wetlands, so appropriate clothing, including socks and boots, is advised. Searchers also are asked to bring bug spray, bottled water, a walking stick, a charged cell phone and camera. Fluorescent clothing or vest as well as an extra set of clothing, especially socks, also are recommended.

    Those who can bring rubber boots and/or waders are encouraged to volunteer.

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search For Missing Electric Forest Attendee Now A “Recovery” Effort

    It’s been a month since Electric Forest wrapped up and one attendee, Kevin Graves is still nowhere to be found. Volunteers are dedicated to combing the surrounding areas for the missing music fest camper, which is now being described as a “recovery” effort.

    “We’re still hopeful, however, for all intent(s) and purposes, it is now a recovery,” SSAR director Ron Adkins explains.

    On top of the search, Graves’ family is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to his return.

    Friends and family are also reaching out to the Electric Forest community directly. Angie Sapone, a close friend to Graves and his girlfriend recently posted via a related Facebook group to ask for any recollection or tips about what could have happened to him leading up to his disappearance.

    Join the Electric Forest Year-Round group for the full post and set of photos here.

    I am reaching out to all electric forest attendees. Hoping maybe not just a missing poster might help Kevin’s family and girlfriend kaela. Kevin and keala [were] at electric forest the second week June 27th through July 2nd. I am posting a pic of the area believed to be where the camp sight was CAMP REVERB. I am posting pics of the couple to jog your memory. I believe they where in a dark color Jeep Cherokee. Please any information could help. Look through your photos look in the background. Did you have any encounter with them or Kevin at any time? He was said to be last seen Sunday afternoon around 1pm. Please help Kevin Graves family and his girlfriend. We might just be able to put the puzzle together and narrow out Search efforts. You can help right from home. Go through your pics and memories – THEY NEED TO KNOW.


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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sightings lift hopes man missing from Electric Forest is alive

    Just when the leader of a search effort began to believe Kevin Graves, who went missing from Electric Forest in early July, was dead, he got information that buoyed hopes that Graves actually is alive.

    Ron Adkins, director of Shiawassee Search and Rescue, said two witnesses reported seeing Graves at a Whitehall restaurant a few days after he was reported missing from the music festival on July 1.

    Searchers went to the restaurant, where an employee remembered the barefoot man in dirty tan shorts using the establishment's phone for about a half hour, he said.

    The first woman reported the man seemed to be under the influence of drugs, and was arguing with someone on the phone, Adkins said. She said the man also had been begging outside the restaurant, he said.

    Adding to the belief that Graves may be alive - and has since left the area - is the fact that a friend of his from California was staying in the Rodeway Inn adjacent to the San Marcos restaurant, Adkins said. A pair of tan shorts was found outside that hotel, he said.

    The friend from California is not answering his cell phone, which may be turned off, Adkins said.

    Whitehall, where the restaurant and hotel are located, is about 10 miles from the site of the music festival.

    For now, SSAR has suspended searches for Graves, though it did send some people on Aug. 8 to investigate an area that was suggested by a festival security guard, Adkins said.

    He said it's up to Graves' family to decide if they want more searches to be conducted.

    So far, volunteers have searched 2,000 acres of Double JJ and surrounding property, including seven lakes and 8 miles of U.S. 31 as well as surrounding trails and roads.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing two months: Family of Highland Township continues searching for him

    When Kellie Farley is at her parents' home in Howell, she gets upset seeing a truck owned by her brother, Kevin Graves, sitting unused in the driveway.

    "I asked my father if he could park it somewhere else," said Farley, older sister of Graves, who hasn't been seen since he walked off after an argument with his girlfriend at a west-Michigan music festival July 1.

    It's been a month since members of Shiawassee Search and Rescue, along with other volunteers, conducted an extensive search of the 2,000-acre Double JJ Resort in Oceana County, about 25 miles north of Muskegon, where the Electric Forest Music Festival was held. There was no sign of Graves, 28, who lived in Highland Township.

    "We're definitely comfortable that he is not at that site — it was walked and Shiawassee Search and Rescue helped us. They know how to do the search right," said Gary Graves, Kevin's father. "We had a lot of help. We have no idea where he would be — no place else to search. We're not giving up. We just don't know where to go."

    "We just don't know what to do. I know it sounds silly, but it's so frustrating," Graves said.

    There was been no activity on his son's credit cards or cellphone either, Gary Graves said.

    The Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police are continuing to follow up tips about Kevin Graves whereabouts.

    "I don't know what happened to Kevin. From all I know, he left voluntarily," said Oakland County Sheriff's Sgt. David Bach, who is in charge of the investigation. "It's an open investigation and will remain open. It comes down to following up tips. The Michigan State Police has done a great job following up with that. I follow up tips, too."

    Many of the tips are vague - someone reporting they might have seen Kevin Graves a couple weeks earlier in different locations, Bach said. "We just hope the tips don't dry up," he added.

    Right now, Graves said the family really doesn't know what to do when it comes to searching for Kevin. "We have heard a lot of stuff and the (Michigan) state police are following up everything. They said it's still a case until he's found — it never closes."

    The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will help them locate Kevin, who grew up in Livonia and graduated from Clarenceville High School. He had been living with his girlfriend and her two daughters in Highland Township for about three years and was working at a factory in Commerce Township.

    Residing in Lexington, Ky., Farley recently made the trip to Howell with her youngest child, leaving two others at home with her husband.

    "A lot of people responded (to help search) in Oceana County and Muskegon. We got a call the other day from someone who thought a guy he saw was Kevin," Farley said. "We asked him to take a picture and send it to my dad. It's nice that people are still talking about Kevin and looking for him."

    There have been calls from psychics suggesting searches eight miles away or four miles away from the festival site, Graves said. "There have been some calls trying to extort money from us," he added.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Highland Township Man Still Missing

    The family is now at somewhat of a crossroads, saying they are not giving up but don’t know where else to search or what to do. Some tips have been received but nothing panned out. The family is still offering a $10,000 reward for credible information and a Facebook page is titled “Help Us Find Kevin Graves".

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search for missing Highland Man continues

    The Michigan State Police say they are continuing the search for 28-year-old Kevin Graves of Highland, but according to trooper Todd Goodrich of the Hart Post, “the number of leads has slowed down.”

    “We had calls from the community and even psychics when he first disappeared, but fewer leads are now coming in,” said Goodrich. “We continue to follow up with every lead that we receive.”

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Tipsters think missing man from Electric Forest may have joined cult

    It's been three months since he vanished from the Electric Forest music festival in Rothbury.

    No one has heard from or reported seeing 28-year-old Kevin Graves of Highland Township in Oakland County.

    Several people close to the case, including police and at least one friend who attended the festival with Graves, believe he is still alive; he just doesn't want to be found.

    "It's hard for us to believe, because he's not the type of person to just up and disappear that way," said Graves' sister Kellie Farley, 37, of Lexington, Kentucky.

    Farley continues to diligently search for her brother, mostly by way of the internet and phone calls.

    Over the last couple weeks, she's received an influx of messages, nearly 100, she said, from people speculating Graves may have joined an insulated religious group known as the Twelve Tribes.

    Police, who have received similar tips, say there's no evidence to support that theory.

    The fundamentalist Christian faction, deemed by some to be a cult, was formed by leader Elbert Eugene Spriggs in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the 1970s. It now has an estimated 3,000 members living on communes in multiple continents with heavy concentrations in New England and Canada.

    The various locations run commercial businesses, such as Yellow Delicafes or various bakeries and farms operated by Twelve Tribes' volunteers who aren't paid, but are provided room and board in exchange.

    Farley has since done some investigation on her own and called the phone number provided on the Twelve Tribes website.

    An "extremely nice gentleman," who said he was located in Denver, Colorado, told Farley he'd called around to the other communities and no one recognized Graves' name.

    MLive reached a woman named Rose -- she wouldn't provide a last name -- by calling the toll free number listed on the Twelve Tribes website. She said they "inquired with the people in the area" and no one had responded stating they'd seen Graves.

    "Just so you know, when people come in, they don't disappear off the face of the Earth," Rose said. "They can communicate with their relatives."

    Farley is now less convinced in the Twelve Tribes theory, but says she plans to make more calls to Twelve Tribes locations this week.

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  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I've never heard of that cult before. And they've been around that long?
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  14. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    I am very familiar with 12 tribes disgusting I kind of sort of thought of that but because he's a guy I guess didn't really give it much thought but these are the types of festivals that they like to go to and they do recruit constantly this was look that extensively in a case here in New Hampshire in the case of the now adult that I still refer to as a h Twelve Tribes had been in the area for a couple of fairs and such that were going on in Fryeburg Maine right over the border of New Hampshire in that area but clearly that was not the case at all but nothing was overlooked there's actually a documentary or several about cults and twelve tribes is mentioned in one of the series of them it was on History Channel I believe still on demand I think however that's a huge possibility in this case Twelve Tribes does somewhat shelter themselves other than when they are out and about or traveling hitting the music festival circuit concerts fairs
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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Michigan man went to music festival a year ago, not seen since

    The Local 4 Defenders are looking into the mysterious disappearance of an Oakland County man who went to a music festival last year.

    Rothbury has a population of just over 400 people and is described as quaint and quiet. That changed the last week in June 2018, when tens of thousands of people descended on the community for the festival.

    "I knew there would be drugs and stuff up there," said Gary Graves, Kevin Graves' father. "I told him, you know, 'Be careful. Don't get yourself hooked up on something that you're going to regret.' He said, 'No, I'm just going to go up there and have a good time, dad.'"

    Gary Graves hasn't seen his son since that conversation. Kevin Graves and his girlfriend arrived in Rothbury June 27. Four days later, his parents got a call.

    "His girlfriend calls and says, 'I can't find Kevin,'" said Cathleen Graves, Kevin Graves' mother. "I said, 'What do you mean you can't find Kevin?' Apparently, they got into some argument, according to the people that were there. I think he saw something. That's my gut -- and it upset him so much that he just walked away."

    Search and rescue teams are still trying to find out what happened in that forest. They're investigating whether Kevin Graves is still alive, who could want him dead or if something else happened.

    Gary Graves said he remembers the last text he received from his son on the day he went missing.

    "All it said was, 'Dad, I love you for your service. I love you and someday I will pay you back everything I owe you,'" Gary Graves said. "That was the last thing I heard from him. I texted him back and I never got any answers back."

    "I texted him," Cathleen Graves said. "I was a little worried, and I said, 'Are you having a good time?' He texted me back with the word, 'Nothing.' So that got my a little concerned, and then I texted back, 'Are you OK?' 'Nothing' is what he texted back, and that was it.

    "A theory is I always felt that he had just walked away, but it's come to the point where from everything we've been able to search and find out. We almost feel it's now a rescue."

    "Every day is rough, you know?" Cathleen Graves said. "We try to go on with our lives. We just take one day at a time."

    "There's still got to be an answer somewhere, and we're just going to keep going until we find him," Gary Graves said. "We're not giving up. We don't give up."

    The Graves family will be at the Electric Forest music festival next week when it begins, talking to people and trying to find any clues about what happened to their son.

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  17. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    Just so sad that he did not turn up I hope he's alive somewhere just doing his thing I really hope he did not meet with a disturbing fate
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  18. Summer_breeze

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    Family still searching for man missing after Electric Forest Fest

    POSTED 5:10 PM, JUNE 28, 2019, BY MICHAEL MARTIN, UPDATED AT 09:14PM, JUNE 28, 2019

    ROTHBURY, Mich. -- The family of a man who went missing after last year's Electric Forest Festival are back in town to keep his name out there.

    Gary Graves and his wife Kathy traveled to Rothbury Friday morning from their home eon the east side of the state. They brought 500 flyers to pass out at the event's entrance gates. On those flyers is there missing son, Kevin Graves.

    28-year-old Graves went missing during last year's festival. His family says he got into an argument with his girlfriend and walked away. He has not been seen or heard from since.
  19. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    What I personally find strange is that it is typically females more at risk if they wander off alone at a festival. Yet, Kevin is a guy. Walks off then never seen again. Not that makes are not at risk but it is much less common. Could he have harmed himself?
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