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Drowning - Thursday 6-11-15 10:42AM

Post Date:06/15/2015 8:38 AM

Date and Time of Event: 06-11-15 10:42 AM

Type of Event: Drowning

Location of Event: Township of Colburn - Chippewa County

Persons Deceased:  CHARLES J. SMITH DOB - 07/07/1944, 23485 270TH STREET, CORNELL, WISCONSIN 54732

Agencies Involved: Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Stanley Fire, Chippewa Fire District Dive Team, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Chippewa County Coroner’s Office

Details of Event: On 06-11-15 at 10:42 am the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check regarding Charles Smith.  Smith usually has daily contact with his family members.  On 06/11/2015 deputies were alerted to an unmanned boat on Otter Lake, Town of Colburn, Chippewa County, Wisconsin.   Deputies identified the owner of the boat to be Charles Smith.  Deputies discovered Smith’s vehicle parked at a boating at Otter Lake.  Deputies and the mentioned agencies conducted an air, land and water search following the recovery of the unmanned boat. On 06/13/2015 at 8:00 am deputies located and recovered the body of Charles Smith.  Deputies are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Chippewa County Coroner’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Deputies do not believe foul play is associated with the incident.  



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