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Search resumes today for missing Janesville man

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GINA R. HEINE
June 16, 2011
— A team of eight people and additional equipment will return today to Swan Lake in an attempt to recover what is believed to be the body of a missing Janesville man in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.

Cook County Sheriff Mark Falk said small whitecaps on the lake Tuesday contributed to an unsuccessful recovery of what sonar has detected as a body in 100 feet of water near where the 23-year-old Ty Sitter went missing.


No search efforts were planned for Wednesday, he said.


Authorities lose about three hours in the morning and three hours at night moving personnel and equipment back and forth from the area, which is accessible only by canoe or portage, he said.


The team headed out today and will be prepared to stay at the lake for three nights, he said.


A rescue squad from Duluth is assisting and providing a remote-controlled underwater device to retrieve the body.


Officials on Tuesday used a small zodiac boat with a canoe on each side to maneuver the remote-operated underwater vehicle, which is a little bigger than a shoebox.


They appeared to lock onto the target image once Tuesday but couldnít stay on it because of the wind, he said.


They believe the body is in 100 feet of water near steep drop-offs, which make it harder to control the equipment, he said.


Sitter has been missing since Thursday, June 9, when he left his father and brother at their campsite near Grand Marais to go fishing. When he didnít 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.


It may never be known why or how Sitter fell in the water, Falk said.


When asked if Sitter knew how to swim, Falk responded: ďAs far as I know.Ē



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