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Body of missing Hudson 20-year-old found in North Dakota

The 20-year-old's body was found Friday, Sept. 6.
Gage Laper

The search for a missing 20-year-old ended late last week when the body of Gage Laper was found in North Dakota. 

A search for Laper, 20, of Hudson, began after he went missing Labor Day, having last been seen in the Windsor, North Dakota area – approximately 110 miles west of Fargo. 

According to the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, Laper's body was recovered in a body of water on Friday, Sept. 6.

The 20-year-old's car was found abandoned in the Windsor area on Labor Day, prompting a search mission that included drones, search dogs and deputies canvassing the rural area on UTVs. 

After discovering his abandoned vehicle, authorities found Laper's cellphone along a fence line, with the sheriff's office noting that it remains a mystery as to why Laper was in the area. 

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Laper's family submitted a statement to Forum News Service, saying Laper is "at peace as an Angel in Heaven." 

A cause of a death has not been released pending an autopsy schedule for this week, Laper's family told the news service. 

Windsor, North Dakota is located approximately 370 miles from Hudson, Wisconsin. 

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