Missing Kayaker Declared Dead 11 Oct 13

A kayaker who went missing along the Minnesota River in southern Minnesota this summer has been declared legally dead. 

Fifty-one-year-old Stephen Fritze of Watertown, South Dakota and two others were on the river near Courtland June 22nd when Fritze hit a tree and his kayak capsized. 

Dozens of law enforcement agencies searched the river for more than a month, but Fritze’s body was never found. 

A Nicollet County judge recently ordered the state to register Fritze dead due to drowning.