NEW INFORMATION: Crews pull 3rd body from Mississippi River

By: AP
By: AP
Winona County

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Crews have pulled a third body from the Mississippi River in downtown Winona while searching for victims of an SUV crash into the icy waterway this weekend.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says the body was recovered about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Brand says sonar located the body of a man in the same area where the SUV plunged into the river early Sunday.

An underwater robotic device was also brought in to help search for two missing men authorities believe were also in the vehicle when it went off a street and through a guard rail. Two other people drowned.

KAGE Radio reports the sheriff says the search for the second man is continuing.
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WINONA, Minn. (AP) --Winona County's sheriff says his department is working to recover the bodies of two men believed to have drowned along with two others in the Mississippi River.

Sheriff David Brand said Monday crews are using an underwater robotic device to search for the two men who were likely in the SUV that plunged into the Mississippi early Sunday in downtown Winona.

A search team from Carver County was summoned after the two men could not be located. They were seen leaving a tavern with 30-year-old Mathew Erickson, of Chatfield, and 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, of Winona. Erickson and Hauser's bodies were found in the vehicle after it was pulled from the water Sunday. KAGE radio reports one of the vehicle's back windows had been broken out, causing authorities to believe both men may have exited the vehicle while underwater.
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WINONA, Mn (WEAU)--Deputies have released the name of a second person found inside a car that plunged into the Mississippi River in Winona Sunday morning.

The Winona County Sheriff identified the second person as 30-year-old Matthew Patrick Erickson from Chatfield, Minnesota. The body of 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, of Winona was also recovered.

The sheriff says there are believed to be two more missing passengers. The Carver County dive team is responding with a robot to try to find them.

Deputies got a call just before 7:30 Sunday morning that someone saw tracks of a car that may have gone off the road and into the river.
Responders found a broken guard rail on Riverview Drive, as well as a license plate, purse and other debris on shore.

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Authorities have recovered two bodies from a car that plunged into the Mississippi River in Winona.

The sheriff's office received a call just before 7:30 a.m. Sunday of tracks and the possibility that a car had gone into the river. Responders found a broken guard rail on Riverview Drive, as well as a license plate, purse and other debris on shore.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says an underwater camera spotted the car, and authorities pulled it out of the water around noon. Two bodies were found inside, one male and one female.

The woman was identified as 36-year-old Christina Lee Hauser, of Winona. The name of the 30-year-old man was not immediately released.

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Authorities have recovered two bodies from a car that plunged into the Mississippi River in Winona.

The Winona Sheriff's office received a call just before 7:30 a.m. Sunday of tracks and the possibility that a car had gone into the river. Responders found a broken guard rail on Riverview Drive, as well as a license plate, purse and other debris on shore.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says an underwater camera spotted the car, and authorities pulled it out of the water around noon. Two bodies were found inside, one male and one female. They have not been identified.


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