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MAPLE PLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities have recovered the body of an apparent drowning victim from Lake Independence.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said the man, 67-year-old Charles Dollar from Long Lake, had been missing since Thursday morning and was found in about 6-and-a-half feet of murky water near a dock.

Authorities said a call came in about the boater on Lake Independence in Maple Plain at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say a boater was reported missing after he went out Thursday morning.

“During the day, yesterday, he was expected home, roughly at a certain time. He didn’t make it home,” said Capt. Dave Zimmer of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Police used sonar equipment to search the lake, and were assisted by the Three Rivers Park District.

Authorities said the man’s car was found in a nearby parking lot, and his empty boat was found on the water. That prompted authorities to search through the night for the boater.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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