- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two commercial fishermen who haven’t been seen since their boat capsized on the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa.

The two were identified as 68-year-old Bill White Sr., of Argyle, and 48-year-old Ron Wagner, of Montrose.

A witness called 911 about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday to report seeing the boat sink with two men aboard. Authorities say the two launched the boat earlier in Montrose.

Lee County emergency manager Steve Cirinna said Wednesday the search had become a recovery operation and that it’s been suspended, pending further developments. He says that in cold weather drownings, it’s unlikely the bodies will be found for several weeks or even months.


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