Body found in search for missing Madison Lake man


Police searching for a man missing from Madison Lake, Minnesota, have found a body they believe to be his.

Searching for 38-year-old Michael Cook, the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday that a State Patrol helicopter spotted a body in a slough near the Madison Lake campground.

Ground officers went to the scene to recover the body, which the sheriff's office says "appears to be that of the missing person."

Official identification will be made by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, where the body has been taken for autopsy.

Cook was last seen at his home in Madison Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and had not been heard from since.

Sheriff's Office Captain Rich Murry told KEYC that Cook had been reported missing by his employer, who said it was "very out of character for him to miss work."

Cook is said to have been working in the Madison Lake area for the past couple of months.

Next Up

snow, plow

Snowy Saturday: Here's how much snow is forecast in Minnesota

Snow will reach the metro area by the early afternoon.

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

radio station, microphone

WCCO Radio's program director leaves the company

It's not clear why John Hanson and the station parted ways.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis a step closer to banning facial recognition technology

There are concerns about it leading to a surveillance state, and that it could harm disadvantaged communities.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 22

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Body found in search for missing boater on Lake Minnetonka

His empty boat was found on the water Saturday evening.

Body found in search for missing man on Lake George

The search had resumed on Sunday morning.