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Police: Two men trying to canoe Mississippi found dead

May 25, 1997

BENA, Minn. (AP) _ Police found two bodies in a lake they believe to be friends who drowned while trying to canoe the entire length of the Mississippi River.

Authorities found the bodies and their overturned canoe in Lake Winnibigoshish Saturday morning, the Cass County sheriff’s office said.

They are believed to be Jonathan C. Hoare, 26, of St. Louis, Mo., and Mark E. Huckabay, 37, of San Francisco, who have been missing since May 9. The bodies were taken to a medical examiner for official identification.

Hoare and Huckabay were trying to canoe from the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico _ a distance of more than 2,300 miles. Lake Winnibigoshish is roughly 70 miles downriver from Lake Itasca.

A relative alerted authorities on Wednesday that the men were missing, Cass County dispatcher William Drusch said.

Authorities weren’t sure how the canoe capsized, but Drusch said the weather had been cold, windy and rainy for the past week.

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