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Sheriff: Sonar shows body of missing Wisconsin camper in Boundary Waters

Ty D. Sitter

The body of a 23-year-old Janesville, Wis., man missing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is believed to have been found in about 90 feet of water in Swan Lake but has not yet been recovered.

Ty Sitter hadn't been seen since Thursday evening when he left his father and brother at their campsite on the lake to go fishing. When he didn't return, they found his canoe upright and unoccupied with about 4 inches of water in it. His life jacket, tackle box and fishing net were there, but his fishing pole was missing.

Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk confirmed the finding this afternoon, saying he has suspended the land and water search. He said remote scanning sonar units from the St. Louis County Rescue Squad found the body Sunday night in the lake about 20 miles northwest of Grand Marais. A remotely operated underwater vehicle, which can recover a body, was not working properly. Recovery crews, who must be flown into the remote, roadless area in Forest Service floatplanes, hope to return Tuesday to make the recovery with a different remote unit.

Falk has told Sitter's family that searchers are confident the object seen on the sonar is Sitter.

In a Facebook posting, Sitter's fiancée, Casiee Powell, reported Sunday evening that she was "sorry to have to deliver the bad news but Ty passed away 6/9/2011 fishing in the boundary waters Minnesota... Ty is looking after all of us now and knows we all love and care about him!"