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.