UPDATE: Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney dies in Mackinac County plane crash

Updated 5:30 p.m. September 3, 2018

UPDATE: MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office confirms that Assistant District Attorney Ronald Dague lost his life in an airplane crash in Mackinac County.

The DA's Office released the following statement on his passing,

"Tragically, we learned that our colleague Assistant District Attorney Ronald S. Dague lost his life in an airplane accident last Friday night. Ron was a valued member of our General Crimes Unit and served with distinction in many capacities in the District Attorney’s Office since 1992.

On behalf of the District Attorney’s Office and all our colleagues in the criminal justice system, I extend my deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends at this difficult time. Ron was a gifted trial attorney, a devoted student of the law, and a passionate defender of equity, fairness, and justice. His advocacy helped build a safer community for everyone living in Milwaukee County.

At a personal level, Ron was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his family and his absence will be keenly felt. Please keep his wife and young daughter in your prayers. It was an honor to serve the public alongside Ron, and I wish his family peace at this most difficult and challenging time.

I appreciate the professionalism and curtesy extended to the office and Ron’s family by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Coast Guard. The family has asked that their privacy be respected as they mourn their loss."


MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (CBS 58) -- Deputies from a Sheriff's Department in Michigan were called to a possible plane crash near the Mackinac County Airport Friday evening. Residents near the airport said they saw a plane go into the water in Horseshoe Bay, Lake Huron around 9:50 p.m.

Deputies responded and found that the plane took off from St. Ignace airport flying to Mackinac Island. The pilot was the only person on board and has been identified as a man from Wisconsin.

Residents said the plane was flying low and banked to the side before they heard an impact. 

Emergency officials responded by boat and found debris in the water Friday night. The search continued Saturday morning near the shoreline where additional debris has been found. 

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