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Body found in Minnesota River likely SD kayaker

November 10, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — Nicollet County Sheriff's deputies say they believe they've found the body of a kayaker missing since June.

The Journal in New Ulm reports ( the body is believed to be Steven Fritze, a sixth-grade teacher from Watertown, S.D.

In a news release, the department says a fisherman found the body in a log jam on the Minnesota River at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Fritze's kayak overturned June 22 in a fast-moving, rising river after becoming entangled in bushes. Two friends made it to shore but Fritze did not. He was visiting family in New Ulm at the time.

According to the release, a positive identification is pending results of an autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.



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