- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - A man searching the deserted shoreline of a far eastern Upper Peninsula lake found the body of his 52-year-old brother who was reported missing nearly six months ago.

Craig Wenzel, relatives and friends were combing the area Thursday around Lake George, east of Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County, when he spotted something in the water.

Authorities were contacted and personnel with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would later recover the body of William Wenzel, the agency said Saturday.

Authorities believe William Wenzel fell overboard while fishing alone on Lake George. He was reported missing Nov. 27. Searchers found his small boat, but after days of searching above and below the lake’s surface no other trace of William Wenzel was found.

Craig Wenzel continued the search, using days off from work to scour the area, the DNR said.

The 40-square-mile lake is part of Lake Huron and is situated between Sugar Island and Ontario, Canada.

William Wenzel’s body was found in marshy area in foot-deep water and about five feet offshore.

“The body was only about 100 yards from where the boat was found,” DNR conservation officer Jeffrey Panich said in a release.

Autopsy results are pending, but sheriff’s deputies said William Wenzel appears to have died from an accidental drowning.


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