Body of missing snowmobiler recovered
PINE COUNTY, Minn. - The body of a man who went through the ice of the St. Croix River in mid-February was recovered Saturday, April 20, according to Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole.
James Harlan Frentress, no address given, was one of three men snowmobiling on the river about four miles north of Soderbeck Landing when the snowmobile Frentress was riding hit a patch of open water. The accident occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m., in darkness.
On Saturday at approximately 4:30 p.m., Pine County deputies were called to the Burnett County side of the St. Croix River near the confluence of the Snake River (Snake River Landing) after two DNR wardens spotted a body floating in the river.
A Pine County sheriff’s deputy, with assistance of the two wardens, secured the body to a boat and towed the remains to Soderbeck Landing just north of Hwy. 8 in Pine County. At the landing the Pine City Fire Department assisted in removing the remains from the water.
The body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner and identified.
A search effort conducted on the evening of Feb. 16, the day of the accident, and the following day, was unsuccessful. A larger-scale search effort, planned for April 25, has been cancelled. - Gary King, with information from Pine County Sherif’s Dept.