Missing Kayaker Search Continues 30 Jul 13

The search continues for a kayaker who went missing on the Minnesota River near Courtland over a month ago, and authorities expect to begin ground searches this coming weekend. 51-year-old Stephen Fritze of Watertown, South Dakota has been missing since June 22nd when his kayak capsized on the swollen river. Dozens of different law enforcement agencies and fire and rescue departments have been searching the river for Fritze since his disappearance, but he has not been found. In recent days the Brown and Nicollet County Sheriff’s Offices have been alternating days while continuing to search for Fritze by boat, and with the water levels on the river now significantly lower, ground searches are scheduled to begin this weekend.