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According to a release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, on June 8 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Game Wardens located the driver of a SUV 15 yards from where the vehicle had come to rest in water the previous day.

Sunday June 7, the Sheriff’s Office received the call of a vehicle in a pond near Highway 46 and 150th Avenue, Balsam Lake. It was reported that a Jeep SUV was submerged with only the roof showing above the water. 

Upon arrival, Deputies and members of the Balsam Lake First Responder unit found the vehicle was unoccupied with the drivers’ door open.  At that time there was no sign of the driver. 

June 8, at approximately 9:30 am the driver of the vehicle was reported to still be missing, as he had not returned home. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Game Wardens were asked to assist with their remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to search the pond, where they eventually recovered the body of the driver.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Balsam Lake Fire and First Responders, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance. This incident will be under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Name will be released at a later time. 

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