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Winona Co. Sheriff: Robot helped find 4th victim


WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) – Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said a robot helped crews find the fourth victim of an SUV that crashed into the Mississippi River on Jan. 5.

Crews recovered the body Sunday around 3:45 p.m.

Washington County, Minn. brought the robot. It functions as an underwater camera and gave crews a picture of 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury, Brand said. Winona County's Dive Team made the dive.

The cause of death is still under investigation, according to the medical examiner.

More than 30 rescue crews spent around 1,500 hours helping the recovery effort, Brand said.

"(Crews tell) us this works and that didn't work and that sort of thing. So, it's learning experience as well as good cooperation with knowing and meeting other agencies," Brand said. "That way if we need or someone else needs us, we're gonna go and help them out."

Brand said this case was very similar to one back in 1997. A vehicle with five people and two dogs inside crashed into the river.

The crash happened in the same area, he said. And a body was found in the water in the same spot that crews recovered the fourth victim.

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