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Search resumes for missing kayaker on Lake Butte des Morts

The search for a 41-year-old man continues Monday morning after he went missing Sunday afternoon near Terrell's Island on Lake Butte des Morts.
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Posted at 4:08 AM, Nov 27, 2023

UPDATE 10:54 a.m. Monday:

At 5:40 p.m. Sunday, the Winnebago County 911 Center received a call reporting a lost kayaker on Lake Butte Des Morts in the town of Omro. Family members advised Michael Iriarte, 41, had launched a kayak in the area of Sammers Bay to go fishing near Terrell’s Island and was last seen around 3 p.m. When he did not return, family members notified the sheriff's office.

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Missing man Michael Iriarte, 41, launched a kayak in the area of Sammers Bay to go fishing near Terrell’s Island and was last seen around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Deputies, officers from the Omro Police Department, a warden from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, first responders and firefighters from the Omro Rushford Fire Department, and the sheriff's department's drone unit responded to the area and engaged in an extensive search of the Terrell’s Island, Sammers Bay and the Spring Brook area for several hours, before the search was suspended after all available search efforts were exhausted or proven ineffective Sunday night.

Iriarte was last seen wearing a blue and gray life jacket, a dark blue jacket, dark-colored pants, brown boots, a facemask and hat. The missing kayak is a purple over-white 10-foot recreational kayak.

The search resumed Monday morning, and includes shoreline searches on foot, with boats and a plane.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff's office at 920-236-7300, extension zero, or 911.

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According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's office, the search for a missing kayaker will resume between 8 and 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Police say the missing 41-year-old man was last seen around 3 p.m. on Sunday. Officials say he was going fishing near Terrell's Island on Lake Butte des Morts.

The man was last seen wearing a blue-grey life jacket, dark-colored pants, and dark brown boots with a facemask and hat.

If you have any information or have seen anything please call the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office at 920-236-7316.