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Missing hunter found dead in eastern Minnesota

His body was found in a pond in Pine County.

A hunter who was reported missing on Thursday was found dead in a pond in east-central Minnesota on Friday. 

The Pine County Sheriff's Office says it received a report at 11 a.m. Thursday of a man who didn't return home after going duck hunting in the Rock Creek area, near Nature Avenue, south of Hwy. 70. The area is close to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. 

Deputies responded to the area and found the man's vehicle, but a search conducted Thursday turned up nothing despite help from the Pine City Fire Department, Minnesota DNR, National Park Service, Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota State Patrol and NorthStar K-9 Search and Rescue. 

The search resumed Friday morning and the missing hunter's body was found around 9:30 a.m., about 50 yards from shore in a pond east of Nature Avenue and south of Hwy. 70. 

Pine County authorities have identified the hunter as 38-year-old Matthew Neshek of Pine City. His body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office to determine his cause of death. 

Foul play is not suspected. 

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