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Body of fisherman recovered from Root River near Peterson

PETERSON, Minn. (WXOW) - The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office said searchers have recovered the body of a fisherman in the Root River Wednesday afternoon.

Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge said that they were notified around midnight that the man was missing. A friend of the man said he'd gone fishing alone on the river Tuesday afternoon but never returned home.

Using an airboat from the Minnesota DNR, the man's body was recovered shortly after 1 p.m. in the Root River between Peterson and Rushford.

The man's body was found a short distance downstream from the man's flotation raft according to the sheriff.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine how the man died.

The man's name isn't being released pending notification of relatives.

The search was led by the Rushford Fire Department with the assistance of the Minnesota DNR, Winona County Dive Rescue, Houston Fire, Rushford Police, and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office.

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