Body of man, wheelchair found in Hennepin County lake


A man was found dead near the shores of a Hennepin County lake early Tuesday, and a wheelchair was also pulled from the water, according to reports.

Darrell Hugget of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told FOX 9 the man, believed to be in his late 70s, was found in Lake Independence, but they don't suspect foul play. Officials told the Star Tribune it's not clear how the man and the wheelchair ended up in the lake.

But a sheriff's office spokesperson told KARE 11 that the man appears to have rolled off a dock and into the lake in his wheelchair.

His vehicle was found in a handicapped parking spot nearby, officials said.

The man hasn't been identified, but the Star Tribune reports he is believed to be from the metro area.

Anglers had called police shortly before 6 a.m. to report "something suspicious" near the lake's boat launch, the newspaper says.

The boat launch was closed down Tuesday morning, KSTP says.

Lake Independence is just over 20 miles west of Minneapolis. The 832-acre lake borders a portion of the west side of Baker Park, which is part of the Three Rivers Park District, which houses a campground, golf course and other activities.

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