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Cabin owner's body pulled from lake near Brainerd

The 60-year-old man from St. Paul never resurfaced.


The victim has been identified as William James Murray, of St. Paul, by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Searchers have found the body of a cabin owner who disappeared after jumping into the water on a lake near Brainerd on Sunday.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office says that the body of the 60-year-old man from St. Paul was found in nine feet of water on Monday afternoon on Adney Lake, southeast of Crosslake.

The victim and his family are "lifelong cabin owners" on the lake, the sheriff's office said.

His body was found near to where he'd jumped off a pontoon boat mid-afternoon on Sunday, and went underwater while swimming.

FOX 9 reported that he'd become overcome with exhaustion and had asked for a lifejacket, but went under before one could reach him.

The search had to be called off on Sunday because of the approaching storms, with efforts resuming on Monday morning.

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The victim's identity has not yet been released, with family members still being notified.

Water-related deaths have been down in Minnesota so far this year. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there have been 18 fatalities reported as of June 30.

Of these, 7 were boating fatalities.

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