Missing Little Falls men died from drowning; no foul play suspected


The two friends whose bodies were pulled from the Mississippi River days after they were reportedly due to meet on a bridge in Little Falls did not die as the result of any foul play, police have said.

In a press release, Little Falls police said 34-year-old William Blake and 36-year-old Michael Arndt drowned, and that there were "no signs of homicidal violence" in either of their deaths. Their cause of death was attributed to fresh water drowning.

The Brainerd Dispatch previously reported the two men had been planning to meet each other at the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge last Wednesday, Oct. 14 – the night they were last seen.

Blake's body was found near the bridge on Sunday, with Arndt's then recovered from the river on Wednesday morning.

The two have been described as friends, but the nature of their meeting on Oct. 14 is unclear.

Little Falls police said there is no threat to public safety and that they continue to investigate.

Anyone with information should call Little Falls PD on 320-616-5570.

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