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Crews back out on lake searching for missing Kalamazoo man

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Search crews looking for a missing Kalamazoo resident appear to be making progress.

56-year-old Takashi Sugimori disappeared last Wednesday; he was last seen at the Asylum Lake Nature Preserve in Kalamazoo.

For days, efforts to find Sugimori have been thwarted by the weather conditions and ice.

But search crews were back on the lake Wednesday trying to bring closure to the case.

The staging area was set up about one-quarter mile from Asylum Lake, where crews are searching.

Wednesday afternoon, crews identified multiple areas of interest on which they plan to zero in, but at this point, it's all about being patient.

"We came out yesterday, taking a look and the weather was good, and we thought it was good enough and so we rounded up our resources to come out today," Undersheriff Paul Matyas said.

Cadaver dogs scanned the perimeter of the lake, and wave runner scoured the shoreline, and crews on marine boats worked with sonar equipment on the eastern side of the lake, searching in a criss-cross pattern.

"When doing that they had a couple areas of interest, and so now they have come in, picked up the cadaver dog and their handler and they're headed back out and they want to check to see if the dog lights up on anything," Matyas said.

He added that the dog did in fact pick up on something, and another dog will be brought back out.

Crews are keeping a close eye on targeted areas, marked now with buoys.

A camera was brought in and dropped in the water, and if necessary, a dive team could be brought in.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office tells Newschannel 3 they're confident they will find Sugimori very soon.

Initially, they planned on ending their search around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., but Matyas confirmed around 4:00 p.m. that they will likely be on-scene until dark.