By Marielle Mohs

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rescue teams are searching the Minnesota River Monday evening for a missing boater.

The search began just before 11 a.m. after an unoccupied, running boat was found near Belle Plaine. Family members say the boater is a regular angler on the river.

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Search and rescue crews suspended their search for the day and will continue at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The missing boater still has not been found or identified. The Scott Co. Sheriff’s Office made contact with family of the owner who is registered to the boat.

“We do know that the owner of the boat is a regular angler, who is very familiar with this area of the river,” said Scott Haas, with the Sheriff’s Office.

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Haas says they still aren’t able to identify the missing boater, despite knowing who owns the boat.

“At this point in time we don’t know if that person was in fact on the boat or who else could have been on the boat,” said Haas.

Haas says this particular part of the river is dangerous for any boater or swimmer.

“The Minnesota River is always very strong in this area. It’s a very curvy river with a lot of debris,” said Haas.

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This is a developing story. Stay with WCCO for the latest details as more information becomes available.

Marielle Mohs