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Man still missing in Boundary Waters; new details about case

Ty D. Sitter

Searchers still have been unable to find a Janesville, Wis., man missing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since Thursday evening.

In a news release Saturday afternoon, Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said Ty Sitter, 23, still was missing in spite of extensive searches. Searches are continuing in Swan Lake, which is about 15 miles northwest of Grand Marais.

Sitter, who was camping with his father and brother, was last seen about 7 p.m. Thursday fishing alone in a canoe on Swan Lake, the news release said. Around 9 p.m., his father and brother became concerned when he had not returned to the campsite. They found his canoe upright and unoccupied on the northwest side of the lake with about 4 inches of water in the bottom. Sitter's life jacket, fishing net and tackle box were in the boat. Sitter and his fishing pole were missing.

After searching the area, they paddled to a place where they could alert the Cook County Sheriff's Office, which they did at about midnight Thursday. The Cook County Sheriff's Response Unit, the U.S. Forest Service and the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter immediately began a search.

On Friday and Saturday, the search was joined by search and water cadaver dog teams from Central Lakes Search and Rescue and the NorthStar Search and Rescue Dog Association; personnel from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; and the Grand Marais First Responders, with air support from the U.S. Forest Service, Life Link III and Civil Air Patrol and side scan sonar and underwater camera from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue.