Car In The River-Body Found



Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says a third body was pulled from the Mississippi River about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
                   
Brand says a sonar device located the body of a male in the same area where a vehicle plunged into the river early Sunday.

The underwater robotic device was called in today to search for two missing men authorities believe may have been in the vehicle that plunged into the Mississippi River off Huff Street early Sunday.

Brand says a search team from Carver County was called in after local authorities conducted an extensive search.

Brand said authorities found vehicles belonging to the men but nothing else, including a search of one of the men's Winona apartment.

The two men, a 28-year-old from Winona, and a 29-year-old from La Crosse, were last seen exiting a Winona tavern about 1:20 a.m. Sunday with the two people whose bodies were found in the river.
  
They were identified as 36-year-Christina Lee Hauser of Winona and 30-year-old Mathew Patrick Erickson of Chatfield.

Brand said one of the back windows in the submerged vehicle had been broken out causing authorities to believe both men may have exited the vehicle while underwater. 

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