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UPDATE: Marathon Co. authorities recover body of missing fisherman

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

Authorities have found the body of a missing fisherman.

The Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department recovered the body of 48-year-old Paul Locher around 8 a.m.

Authorities say Locher disappeared after fishing by himself in the Big Eau Pleine flowage on Wednesday.

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Marathon County authorities resumed the search Friday for a missing fisherman.

48-year-old Paul Locher disappeared after fishing by himself in the Big Eau Pleine flowage.

The dive team and DNR officials came back to the scene Friday morning to look for any signs of Locher.

Authorities on the scene tell Newsline 9 that they expect a large number of campers in the area this weekend, and are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call the sheriff's department.

Emergency crews will stay on scene throughout the weekend, but no exact search plan has been released at this time.

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Emergency crews spent the day searching for a missing fisherman near Mosinee.

Marathon County Sheriff's Officers say the man is from Kronenwetter. He's been missing since Wednesday.

Officials say 48-year-old Paul Locher went fishing by himself in the Big Eau Pleine flowage. When Locher didn't return home, his wife called police.

Law enforcement tracked his cell phone and located Locher's boat, but there was no sign of him.

Emergency crews spent Thursday searching for Locher. But after a long day the search was suspended for the night.

"More than likely the boat has been moved around," said Lt. Mark Wagers, Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department. "The Eau Pleine flowage, especially in the area, is quite large. There is a lot of surface area to search and there are a number of different islands, so we are not exactly sure where he is at."

Emergency crews plan to resume the search Friday morning.

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Rescue crews are searching for a missing fisherman near Mosinee.

Marathon County Sheriff's officers say Paul Locher, 48, of Kronenwetter, has been missing since Wednesday.

Locher was fishing by himself on the Big Eau Pleine and was supposed to return home in the afternoon. When he didn't, his wife alerted authorities. They pinged his cell phone and were able to recover his boat and his phone. They say it had washed up on the shore, but there was no sign of Locher.

The dive team was called in. They've been continuing to search throughout the day. They plan to continue until just before dark and then decide where to go from there.

Authorities say they're not treating this as a recovery effort.

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