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UPDATE: Body recovered from Eau Pleine Reservoir


The Marathon County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that the body of a man missing since Saturday evening has been pulled from the Eau Pleine Reservoir. He went missing after the car he was riding in fell through the ice.

Police say his body was recovered just before three o'clock this afternoon.

Officials say the call came in at 7:15 P.M. Saturday night. They say both men in the car were able to get out. One was able to swim to safety, but the Marathon County Dive Team quickly responded to the scene to search for the other.

"It was a very difficult dive. There is zero visibility conditions," said Lt. Mark Wagers from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. "Everything is done by touch and feel. You can't see anything down there," he said.

Crews spent hours searching the water Sunday and authorities say they recovered the body of a missing man just before three o'clock.

Authorities say they are still unsure why the men were driving on the ice. But they say alcohol may have been a factor.

"That matter is still under investigation, but it is a potential factor," said Wagers.

The Marathon County Sheriff's office says people need to be cautious when heading onto the ice.

"Everybody, especially in Marathon County, who plans on going out on the ice, they have to understand that a lot of the ice conditions are hazardous," said Wagers. "They are not safe in many places to drive. To use caution and know location before traveling on the ice," he continued.

Officials say if you do travel onto the ice, to keep a flotation device in your vehicle.

Authorities are not releasing any other details at this time.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9 for updates.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch


The man that fell through thin ice around 7:30 P.M. last night is still missing according to Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials. They say the car was recovered and removed.

Officials say the Marathon County Dive Team discontinued their search for the missing man around 4:30 A.M. They say they were waiting till morning for better lighting. Officials say the search will continue Sunday morning.

Authorities say the Dive Team thinks they know where the missing man may be, and they say they believe they should be able to locate him fairly quickly.

No names are being released at this time.

We will update as we receive more information.


One man is missing after a car fell through thin ice Saturday evening. According to Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials, two men were driving under Halder Bridge, outside of Mosinee, when their car fell through.

Authorities say one person from the car, a 31-year-old male from Stratford was able to get out, and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The other male, also from Stratford, has not yet been found, officials said.

Authorities say the Marathon County Dive Team is conducting a search under the ice. They say they will continue the search until they find something.

We will update as more information becomes available.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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