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Ice Fisherman Using Underwater Camera Discovers Dead Body in Lake Waconia

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Justin Hoffman

A man missing since Nov. 26 was discovered by angler with an underwater camera.

A man who went missing on November 26 while photographing wildlife from his paddleboard has been discovered by an ice angler using an underwater camera designed for fishing.

John Stifter was 35 years of age and a resident of Waconia, Minnesota, when he disappeared. Sheriff’s deputies did locate his still-upright and anchored board, as well as a floatation device tied to the front, but no sign of Stifter on or since that date.

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Photo: Carver County Sherrif’s Office

An unnamed ice angler made the discovery on December 20 and notified police. Members of the Carver County sherrif’s dive team recovered the body from beneath the ice at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Stifter was married with two young children and was expecting a third with his wife this coming spring.

Foul play is not suspected, although a cause of death has not yet been released.

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Ice Fisherman Using Underwater Camera Discovers Dead Body in Lake Waconia