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In Attack on Titan season 3 part 2, Erwin asks Levi if he can see them. He is referring to the people who died, and Mike was in that picture.

However, when he died, he was surrounded by at least 3 or 4 titans. And since this was the Beast Titan's doing, he probably told them to eat all of him as to leave no evidence.

I don't think people went to look for him.

How did the Scouts know that he died?

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Because Mike Zacharias sent Thomas to Erwin when he sensed the Titans approaching. To quote:

Smelling the approaching Titans, Mike sends Thomas to inform Erwin, and begins to mobilize his squad to depart. Seeing Nanaba distraught by the possibility of Wall Rose being breached, Mike orders her to not give up hope, reminding her that humanity can only be defeated when the will to fight is lost.

After Erwin was informed and the fact that Mike Zacharias never made it back, I think it is safe to assume that he was presumed dead by his comrades, even if they weren't able to witness him being eaten. I say this because he was supposed to regroup with the ones who escaped but seeing as he never made it back, it would be natural to assume that he's dead.

Real world military has something called PKIA or Presumed Killed in Action.

This term is used when personnel are lost in battle, initially listed MIA, but after not being found, are later presumed to have not survived.

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  • Thank you, this really cleared it up for me. Great answer. – xpert Oct 27 '19 at 15:11

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