ST. IGNACE — The body of a man whose plane crashed late last month near St. Ignace has been recovered.

Mackinac County Sheriff Department deputies were called to Evergreen Shores in St. Ignace Township early Monday evening after a call about a possible body having washed up on the shore.

A forensic pathologist and odonatologist used dental records to identify the body as that of 64-year-old Ronald Steven Dague, whose plane crashed on August 31 while flying from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. Dague was the only person onboard.

The body was taken to Spectrum Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids for an autopsy. The cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries sustained in the crash.

Dauge had been a trial attorney for over 20 years in the Milwaukee County District Attorney Office. Most recently he specialized in the traffic and OWI cases. He did extensive work with chemists and analysts and taught other attorneys and law enforcement as to the laws, best practices, and underlying science to toxicology as it relates to blood and breath testing, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“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… 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,” his employer said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash.
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