PINE CITY (AP) -- The body of a snowmobiler missing since his sled went into the St. Croix River more than two months ago has been recovered.
The body of James Harlan Frentress, 43, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., was found Saturday afternoon floating in the river near its convergence with the Snake River by two Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens.
A Pine County sheriff's deputy and the wardens secured the body to a boat and towed the remains to Soderbeck landing just north of Pine County Highway 8. The remains were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office, where they were identified.
Frentress and two others snowmobilers were traveling on the river after sunset Feb. 16 when he hit a patch of open water and was thrown from his sled about four miles north of Soderbeck Landing. Pine and Burnett counties sheriffs' deputies, Pine City firefighters, and the National Park Service responded to the scene. They found a partially submerged snowmobile on the edge of a large open area of turbulent water, but they were unable to locate any sign of Frentress.