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Remains identified as missing sailboat captain

September 10, 2018

This sailboat was found Sunday morning, unoccupied, at Camp Lacupolis right at the bottom end of Lake Pepin before the lake flows back into the Mississippi River.

WABASHA — Remains found in the Mississippi River in July have been identified as those of missing sailboat captain David Sheridan of Pepin, Wisconsin.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said DNA tests of the remains found July 14 near West Newton confirmed they were Sheridan’s, according to the Wabasha County Sheriff’s office.

Sheridan, 61, was last seen around 8 p.m. on April 28 on his sailboat on Lake Pepin when is friend Larry Nielson took a photo of Sheridan. His sailboat was found unmanned with its night lights on and motor running at Camp Lacupolis, directly across Lake Pepin from Pepin, Wis. April 29.

In July, a leg — the femur down to the foot — was found near West Newton, about four miles down the Mississippi River from Lock and Dam No. 4 in a pile of debris.

On Aug. 18, two boys found a torso and an attached leg with a boot about a half-mile upstream 100 feet inland on the Minnesota side of the river. The boot appeared to match a boot found on the leg that was discovered in July, officials with the Wabasha County Sheriff’s office said. Results of DNA testing on those remains have not been released.

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