Forest Lake boater's body found 3 days after he disappeared

  • Updated: July 5, 2012 - 11:38 PM

The body of a Forest Lake boater was found Thursday, three days after police were notified of a dog swimming near an unoccupied pontoon boat.

Tod Alan Crawford, 51, was found floating on Forest Lake No. 1 at 11:25 a.m., about a half-mile from where he is believed to have fallen from his boat, said police Capt. Greg Weiss.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol took the body to shore. The Ramsey County medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy, which is standard procedure, Weiss said.

Forest Lake police and State Patrol aircraft assisted in the search.

Crawford was an avid boater who liked to be on the water, Weiss said. Crawford is listed as having owned a business, Independent Abstracting Services of Coon Rapids.

Crawford had been reported missing about 3:45 p.m. Monday near the 6800 block of North Shore Trail when a witness saw the dog swimming.

KEVIN GILES

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