Sheriff's Office identifies man recovered from Little Lake Butte Des Morts

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MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE:

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has positively identified the body recovered from Little Lake Butte des Morts Tuesday afternoon.

Officials confirm the man was missing boater Mark A. Graham.

Divers recovered the body just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Sonar equipment helped them locate Graham's body near the middle of the lake.

Divers had been looking Graham for four days, since his boat was found running in circles near the Ninth Street boat landing Saturday.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Graham's funeral. Click here to learn how to donate.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office says a body was found in Little Lake Butte des Morts Tuesday afternoon. Divers recovered the body just after 2 p.m.

Sonar equipment helped them locate the body near the middle of the lake.

"At this point we aren't able to confirm any identification at all, but I can tell you that it is an adult male," Lt. Lara Vendola-Messer of the sheriff's office said.

Divers have been looking for 50-year-old Mark Graham of Neenah for four days, since his boat was found running in circles near the Ninth Street boat landing Saturday.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Graham's funeral. Click here to learn how to donate.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Winnebago County authorities identified the boater they're looking for on Little Lake Butte des Morts as 50-year-old Mark Graham of Neenah.

Authorities also announced Monday evening that the search for Graham will continue for a fourth day.

Crews have been searching the lake in Menasha since Saturday around noon, when a 911 caller reported an empty boat going in circles near the Ninth Street boat landing.

That boat launch is closed to the public as search teams gather and launch the effort from there. Three boats left and headed south from the boat launch at 10 a.m.

The Winnebago County dive team and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were on the lake Monday afternoon.

Authorities say they have witnesses who saw the boat but no reports of when the boater was last seen that would help focus the search.

"Through tonight we will run sonar imaging up and down Little Lake Butte des Morts, continuing to rule out the most likely place we think he would have gone in," Lt. Tim Eichman of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Dive Team said.

They plan a full day of searching on Tuesday, Eichman said.



 
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