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Body found in search for missing boater on Lake Minnetonka

The missing man's empty boat was found circling on Saturday evening.

Divers searching for a missing boater have recovered the body from Lake Minnetonka Saturday evening.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says its search team found the body near the Big Island area of the lake at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

The body was found in the same area teams had been searching for the boater on Saturday.

The identity of the man has not yet been released, with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office expected to release that at a later date.

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Authorities have launched a search for a missing man on Lake Minnetonka following the discovery of his driverless boat over the weekend.

At about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about a recreational boat circling near Big Island, which is the largest island on Lake Minnetonka. 

After deputies arrived, they discovered that no one was on board the craft, a news release says. The boat was recovered, and now a search is underway for its missing occupant. 

The boater is described as an adult male, but as of this writing, little else is known about him or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Authorities say that his family has been notified and "remains on scene as the search continues."

FOX 9 reported that the effort was paused at 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning and resumed three hours later.

The station also says crews have been searching the water with sonar equipment. 

Anyone with information about the disappearance or the missing man's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 952-258-5321. 

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