Search continues for missing woman from Palmer assisted living facility | WJMN

UPDATE ON MAY 10 22:17:

It was the second night of the search for Helen Kontio, who has been missing since yesterday. Michigan State Police, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and community volunteers gathered on foot to continue the search for one of their own. The search was postponed due to lightning but resumed around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Kontio is believed to still be in Marquette County.

Call 906-475-9922 if you’ve seen Kontio or have information on where she might be.


PALMER, Michigan (WJMN) – Michigan State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who disappeared from the Marigold Assisted Living Facility in Palmer.

Helen Elizabeth Kontio was last seen wearing a blue and gold shirt, blue denim capri pants, white tennis shoes and a dark blue jacket. Kontio is a resident of Marigold and was seen Monday afternoon outside the facility around 1:00 p.m. and then near Palmer Softball Field around 9:00 p.m.

Kontio suffers from cognitive/psychological issues and is reportedly still in Marquette County. Call the authorities immediately if you have seen her or know her whereabouts.

While our news crew was in Palmer, neighbors tell us that most of the 200+ people who call Palmer home were out Monday night looking for Kontio and plan to do the same Tuesday night.

A search command post was set up in the Richmond Town Hall building on Tuesday evening.

Palmer’s neighbors also tell us that Kontio has lived in the same place for about 40 years and is an integral part of the community.

State Police are asking residents of the Palmer area to check their surveillance cameras and report any sightings.

Call 906-475-9922 if you have information or download the Michigan State Police app for updates.

Brandon D. James