The body of a missing kayaker was found early Friday following a more than 3-hour search of the Mississippi River.
Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude identified the victim as 56-year-old Timothy Carl Heim of Weaver. Ganrude said the search was begun about 9:00 p.m. Thursday when a game warden discovered a vehicle he recognized parked at the Minneiska boat landing and no one around.
DNR officers from both Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, and the Winona County Dive-Rescue team were called in and searched both sides of the river.
Ganrude said the body was located near the boat landing about 10-feet off shore at 12:42 a.m. A search for the kayak was unsuccessful and continued Friday.
Heim's body was taken to Rochester for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Ironically, Heim had to be rescued on December 30th, from the ice on the Mississippi River below Lock and Dam Six when he fell from the kayak. A commercial boat was launched from Bass Camp for the rescue.