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Cadaver Dogs Assist in Search for Fourth Victim presumed dead

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - Dive and rescue crews continue to drill holes into the ice on the Mississippi River, looking for the La Crosse man who is presumed drowned after an SUV plunged into the icy river.

Thursday, a dive and rescue team from Iowa was brought in to assist Winona County in the search.  Plus, cadaver dogs were also brought in.  The dogs are trained to detect human bodies.

The missing man is identified as 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse, Wis.

The body of 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was recovered Monday. The bodies of the driver, 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, and one passenger, 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - Despite the efforts of searchers who continue to scour the Mississippi River, they have not found the La Crosse man who is presumed drowned after an SUV plunged into the icy river.

Search teams used sonar, robots and underwater cameras Wednesday along the shore where the accident happened, but the Winona Daily News reports no body was found.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says the search will resume Thursday. Brand says he hopes to bring in cadaver dogs to help with the search.

The missing man is identified as 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse, Wis.

The body of 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was recovered Monday. The bodies of the driver, 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, and one passenger, 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - A search continued Wednesday morning for a La Crosse man, the fourth victim presumed drowned when an SUV plunged into the Mississippi River.

The Winona County Sheriff's department says a dive and rescue team from Carver County, MN and Wazee Sports Center from Black River Falls, WI were helping assist in the search along with the Winona Fire department.

The body of a third victim, Blake Overland, 28, of Stewartville, was found Monday when searchers used sonar in the area where the SUV crashed through the ice early Sunday. The bodies of the driver, Christina Lee Hauser, 36, and one passenger, Mathew Erickson, 30, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

The person who is still missing and presumed drowned is identified as Andrew Kingsbury, 29.

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - A search for a La Crosse man, the fourth victim presumed drowned when an SUV plunged into the Mississippi River, is resuming in Winona County.

Sheriff Dave Brand says crews will drill holes in the ice and lower a camera into the river Tuesday. And, if the fourth victim is located, recovery divers will go into the icy river.

The body of a third victim, 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville, was found Monday when searchers used sonar in the area where the SUV crashed through the ice early Sunday. The bodies of the driver, 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, and one passenger, 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, were found inside the vehicle when it was pulled from the water Sunday.

The person who is still missing and presumed drowned is identified as a 29-year-old La Crosse man.

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WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) – Rescue crews in Winona recovered a third body from the Mississippi River while searching for the victims of a vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Winona.

The body was identified as Blake Overland, 28, of Stewartville, Minn. He was found just after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Still missing is 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of St. Charles, Minn.  

The crash happened around 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said the driver, Christina Hauser, 36, of Winona, missed the turn onto Riverview Drive.

She went through a guard rail, down an embankment and into the Mississippi River.

A passerby noticed the tracks about six hours later.

Rescue crews recovered the vehicle early Sunday afternoon.

Divers found Hauser in the driver's seat. Matthew Erickson, 30, of Chatfield, Minn. was in the front passenger seat.

Sheriff Dave Brand said all three men, who are friends, were last seen leaving a local bar with Hauser around 1:20 a.m.

Their cars were parked near the tavern. They never returned home, Brand said. All Sunday and Monday family and co-workers were not able to get in touch with them.

Winona County called in a search team from Carver County for their underwater search technology.

The teams used Sonar to locate Overland. They also had a robot on hand.

"The only time we would go underwater is to recover a body," according to Brand.

The Winona County Dive Team fought frigid temperatures and gusts of wind to recover Overland's body.

"If they were in the backseat, which we were assuming, they could have tried to swim out and didn't make it, or they were thrown out," Brand said.

Brand isn't exactly sure how Overland got out of a vehicle that crashed through the ice early Sunday morning.

When the vehicle was recovered, the back window and a side window were missing.

He believes Overland and Kingsbury were in the back seat.

"(The river), unless the current really was active (and) took it down stream, would have left the bodies the same place the car was or maybe a little bit further," Brand said.

The search teams ended their investigation at sundown. It was too dark to see a picture in the water.

They're likely to pick up their investigation in the morning to find the fourth victim.

Emergency workers had tents to warm up in after enduring the freezing temperatures and the icy river.

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