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Little Sandy Lake drowning remains under investigation

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The circumstances surrounding the death of Wayne Paul Toenyan, 45, of Bemidji, remain under investigation.

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Wednesday that autopsy results are pending.


Toenyan died after the boat he was in apparently capsized Sunday evening on Little Sandy Lake in Roosevelt Township.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday that 76-year-old Lawrence Toenyan of Bemidji stayed with the capsized canoe and was rescued by a resident.

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