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Third body found in Winona; search underway for fourth

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KAGE Radio reports searchers in Winona are using a robotic device to look for another victim of Sunday's car accident. Authorities believe four people were killed when their SUV plunged into the Mississippi River in the early morning hours.

Winona County Sheriff David Brand said a third body was recovered Monday afternoon, according to the Star Tribune. That victim has not been identified.

The bodies of Matthew Erickson, 30, of Chatfield and Christina Lee Hauser,36, of Winona were found Sunday when the vehicle was pulled from the river.

The victims were seen leaving a Winona tavern a little after 1 a.m. Sunday. At 7:20 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office got a call reporting tire tracks on the dike at Riverview Drive, heading toward the river. At the scene, responders found a license plate, purse and other debris on the shore. They also noted a broken guard rail.

Brand said the black box in their vehicle will be checked out by the State Patrol and the accident scene reconstructed to see how fast the vehicle was going before in went into the river.

Brand said the ice on the river was three to four inches thick when he vehicle plunged into the river.

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