Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Robin Sexton slipped into retirement in St. Ignace in early June, leaving unsolved one of the Great Lakes’ most baffling mysteries: the boating tragedy five years ago on Lake Huron involving a glamorous Grosse Pointe Farms couple — lawyers Chuck Rutherford and Lana Stempien.
On a summer-vacation boating trip to Mackinac Island in August 2005, the couple disappeared overnight. The empty 27-foot Wellcraft cabin cruiser, Sea’s Life, was found significantly off course, tossing about in rough water, with no one on board, the motor idling in neutral, and the radio playing.
Nearly two weeks later, Stempien’s nude body washed up in Hammond Bay, seven miles from where her vessel was found. Rutherford remains missing — vanished without a trace.
Despite national attention and much speculation and innuendo about the fate of the lawyers, the case is now relegated to the Michigan State Police (MSP) missing-persons files. Sexton has had the case since 2005, and with his retirement after 34 years with the MSP, it will be reassigned to another trooper.
“It’s an inactive complaint, which means it’s not being worked, but is not closed,” says Sexton, who spoke with Hour Detroit by telephone on his last day on the job. “It’s still active in the computer index of missing persons.”
Sexton says the case is at a standstill, with no tips or credible information to investigate. “There’s nothing going on,” Sexton says. “I got one tip at least a year ago that [Rutherford] might have been seen in Miami, Fla., but you can’t follow up on something like that.”http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/...3pF5GdOXyQ
a lot of unanswered questions..my huband know the stempien family..still a mystery to this day as to what happened
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