MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 73-year-old man was found dead early Tuesday morning after he was reported missing from Little Pelican Lake in Crow Wing County.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Joseph Eric Wallin of rural Pequot Lakes.

Sheriff Scott Goddard said his office received the report of the missing boater around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The report indicated Wallin had left to go fishing earlier that evening.

Authorities launched an extensive boat search where they found Wallin’s pontoon unoccupied with the trolling motor still running. Wallin’s body was found just after midnight.

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