Search ends in Chippewa County as body of missing duck hunter found in Munuscong Lake

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The search for a missing man in Munuscong Lake in the lower St. Marys River ended Sunday morning as a Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing duck hunter.

Dead is 52-year-old Robert Andrzejewski.

At about 8 p.m. Saturday, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Mich. was contacted by Chippewa County Emergency Dispatch reporting an overdue duck hunter who had not returned from a duck hunting trip in Munuscong Lake.

Andrzejewski was expected to return from his hunting trip at 1 p.m. Saturday. Initially, local agencies launched an air boat to search hot spots previously hunted by Andrzejewski using his frequent hunting partner to guide them. Local agencies located the missing hunter’s duck blind and decoys but did not see any other signs of the missing hunter or boat.

A rescue air crew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich. A rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot response boat launched from Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie. Also, searching were rescue crews from the U.S. Border Patrol and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.

A rescue air crew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was also utilized for subsequent searches Sunday morning. The Detroit air crew located Andrzejewski’s body and boat at 8:32 a.m.

His body was located approximately 3 miles east of his hunting blind. The MH-65C deployed a rescue swimmer who confirmed the person was deceased. The body was located in approximately 3 inches of water right off shore. A Chippewa County Sheriff’s air boat arrived on scene, confirmed the person’s identity with identification found on the individual and recovered the body.

The cause of death is currently under investigation.

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