Woman's body pulled from Mississippi River in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2008 - 10:51 AM

A frantic dog near a hole in the frozen Mississippi River near the Camden Bridge in Minneapolis led divers to their search.

After several hours of searching the murky, frigid waters of the Mississippi, divers recovered the body of a 39-year-old Twin Cities woman Tuesday night.

The woman was found around 8 p.m. under a shelf of ice in 8 feet of water about 125 feet from shore, said Hennepin County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Kiava.

Divers began searching for a possible missing person after a park worker called in to report a black Labrador retriever running near the Camden Bridge around 2 p.m. The dog was seen looking over a hole in the ice. When responders arrived, they found a wet cell phone and gloves near the hole.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol used sonar technology to search the river. Divers took turns in the water, where visibility was less than 2 feet, Kiava said. Authorities are not sure what led to the woman falling into the river, but they are looking into the possibility that she may have gone after the dog when it went onto the ice. Kiava warned that pet owners should not try to retrieve dogs that venture onto ice. The dog later was found safe.

Also Tuesday, a snowmobiler fell through the ice on Crystal Bay in Lake Minnetonka. The 25-year-old Mound man crawled out of the water on his own and refused medical attention.

And a man who died Sunday after falling through the ice of Medicine Lake in Plymouth was identified as William N. Yeaple, 56, of Brooklyn Park, the Hennepin County medical examiner said. Yeaple, who had been ice skating, died of accidental drowning and hypothermia.

LORA PABST

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