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UPDATE: Authorities identify man recovered from Eau Pleine Reservoir

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

Authorities confirmed that the man who fell through the ice on the Eau Pleine Reservoir was Tim Spindler. Spindler, 34, was from Stratford. He went missing after the car he was riding in fell through the ice.

A Newsline 9 reporter is speaking with authorities and will have updates as they become available.

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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.

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