Spearfishermen on Lake Butte des Morts find dead body in the ice, identified as missing kayaker from 2023

OMRO, Wis. (WFRV) – A missing kayaker who was last seen in November 2023 was found dead in the ice by spearfishermen on Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, on February 12 around 1:15 p.m., it responded to Lake Butte des Morts following a report of a dead man who was found in the ice. Spearfishermen out in the middle of the lake were the ones who reportedly discovered the body.

Officials say the man was identified as Michael Iriarte, who was reported missing back on November 26, 2023. At the time, he did not return from an outing in his kayak on Lake Butte des Morts.

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Additionally, authorities said that due to the recovery efforts, the integrity of the ice in the area of the Leonard Point Boat Landing has drastically degraded. People in that area are advised to use extreme caution when going onto the ice.

Multiple agencies assisted since the case started back in November.

No additional information was provided.

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