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UPDATE: Lake Irving drowning victim identified

Police in Beltrami County have recovered the body of a man whose car fell through the ice.
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Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM CST
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BEMIDJI, MINN. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE 1/14/21: The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man whose body was recovered from Lake Irving.

He was identified as 58-year-old James Wizner, of Bemidji.

ORIGINAL: Police in Beltrami County have recovered the body of a man whose car fell through the ice on Lake Irving in Bemidji.

According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, police and fire officials responded to reports of a car going through the ice at around 1 p.m. on January 10th.

They found tire tracks leading to a hole in the ice and began to search the area using divers, underwater cameras and unmanned aircraft.

On Monday, January 11th, searchers recovered the body of an adult male using an underwater remotely operated vehicle. He was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Police say the victim’s name will be released after the autopsy is completed.

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