The Disappearance and Re-appearance of Steven Kubacki Case

He went cross-country skiing for a few days and ended up missing for nearly a year.

Mr. K
3 min readMay 19, 2022


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The instance of a missing individual is perhaps one of the most frequent occurrences. While some of these individuals were discovered, the fates of the remainder remain unknown. However, another type of missing person scenario is more unusual. The individual vanished; months of searching were fruitless until it was concluded that the individual was deceased. However, a short while later, the individual reappeared with a grand narrative.

Steven Kubacki was a student at Hope College, a small, private Christian university located on the southeastern side of Lake Michigan, in February 1978 when he vanished.

He’d gone on a solo cross-country skiing expedition, intending to stay for a day or two, but never returned. He left a 200-yard footprint trail in the snow, stretching past the lake’s edge. The one-way path abruptly terminated, prompting investigators to infer that Kubacki perished somewhere beneath a thick layer of unbroken ice in the lack of any other signs.

Steven Kubacki went missing in the Michigan area of the United States of America in an area known as the Lake Michigan Triangle — which stretches from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Ludington, Michigan, and south to Benton Harbour.

Numerous strange occurrences have been attributed to the triangle, beginning in 1891, when a schooner named Thomas Hume set sail across Lake Michigan in search of lumber. The Hume and her crew of seven seamen vanished. There was never even a sign of the boat discovered.

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Following Steven's disappearance, search teams scoured the region in which he was known to have gone — they discovered his skis and poles on the beach of Lake…



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