Fourth and final body recovered from Mississippi in Winona


A fourth body was recovered from the Mississippi River near Winona on Sunday afternoon.

The Winona Daily News reported that members of a search team located the body of Andrew Kingsbury, 29, of LaCrosse under 10 feet of water along the levee about 125 feet south of the city's Interstate Bridge, on the side opposite the crash site.

WXOW reported that at around 3:45 p.m. crews using sonar and a sonar-equipped submersible robot spotted the body, according to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand. Crews from Washington County brought the sonar equipment and made the dive. The Winona County Dive Team and Search Operations Assistance and Rescue were also on site. High tech tools have been used throughout the search to assist officers working in the challenging dark and murky waters.

Just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 5, an SUV carrying four people hit a guardrail, slid down an embankment and crashed through the ice into the Mississippi River. The bodies of Christina "Tina" Lee Hauser, 36, of Winona and Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield were found buckled into the front seats of Hauser's submerged SUV the afternoon of Jan. 5. The body of Blake Overland, 28, of Stewartville was recovered the next day. Kingsbury was last seen with Hauser, Erickson and Overland leaving a Winona bar shortly before the crash.

The television report estimated that 30 members of the rescue crew have spent more than 1,400 hours in bitter wintry temperatures as they have searched for Kingsbury. His body was taken to Rochester for an autopsy.

The three men were childhood friends and graduates of Lanesboro High School.

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