Abandoned fishing boat on river leads to body: MN cops

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The body of a 43-year-old man was found in the St. Croix River in Stillwater Township, Minnesota on Aug. 8, 2022, officials said. He had fished the day before.

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An empty fishing boat full of fishing gear has been spotted along a shoreline in Minnesota, authorities said.

A few hours later, a body was found a mile from the boat in the St. Croix River in Stillwater Township on Monday, Aug. 8, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release.

The boat’s registration records identified the owner, a 43-year-old man from White Bear Lake who had been out fishing the previous night, the sheriff’s office said.

A lorry registered to him was also parked on land near the river, deputies said.

The fisherman’s abandoned boat was spotted around 9 a.m. on August 8, deputies said. There were “no obvious signs of damage”.

Authorities then found a body without a life jacket that matched the man’s description four hours later, about a mile south of where his fishing boat was found.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has yet to release his identity.

Stillwater Township is approximately 30 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy Live National Reporter covering Washington State and the Western Region. She holds a journalism degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.

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