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Kite surfer found dead in Lake Koshkonong

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Catherine W. Idzerda
November 20, 2007

A missing kite surfer from Illinois was found dead on the southeast side of Lake Koshkonong early today.


Jeffrey S. Meissner, 40, of Huntley, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Pat Theder.


The Rock County Sheriff’s Department described the death as a drowning, but an autopsy is planned.


Authorities received a call at 8:12 p.m. Monday reporting Meissner missing.


Using coordinates provided by the victim’s cell phone provider, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department found the victim’s vehicle about 30 minutes later. Meissner’s green Saturn was parked near W8717 White Crow Road, east of Caracajou Road, on the north central part of Lake Koshkonong.


A witness reported that he last saw the kite surfer on the lake off Carcajou Point about 4:30 p.m., according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.


The Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson and Milton fire departments responded with boats, equipment and search teams. The Jefferson County and Rock County boat patrols were also activated.


At 11:15 p.m., teams using thermal imaging devices and spotlights began searching the lake. At 1:25 a.m., they found the sail and board on the southeast side of the lake.


Meissner’s body was found an estimated 30 minutes later in the water near Koshkonong Mounds Golf Course.



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