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Body recovered day after tire tracks lead to hole in ice on MN lake

The lake is located within Bemidji's city limits.

A body was recovered from a northern Minnesota lake one day after a vehicle went through the ice. 

The body of an unidentified man was recovered from Lake Irving in Bemidji at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. 

Authorities were alerted to a vehicle going through the ice on the lake around 1 p.m. Sunday when a set of tire tracks led to a hole in the ice. The sheriff's office said the location where the vehicle plunged into the icy water is an area "known to have unstable ice." 

Divers, an underwater camera, hovercraft and a drone were used to search the area immediately after discovering the hole in the ice, and the dive team was able to confirm a vehicle in the lake on Sunday. 

The search was called off due to darkness late Sunday before continuing Monday, with searchers finding the victim with the help of an underwater remote-operated vehicle. 

The victim's identity will be released following an autopsy that will be conducted by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. 

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