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Body of Canoeist Discovered in Brule Lake Area

August 14, 2023 — The Cook County Sher­iff’s Office was notified on August 14, 2023, of a body discovered in the Brule Lake area of the BWCA. The body was discovered by other canoeists and notified authorities of the location. Cook County Sheriff’s Office depu­ties, USFS Law Enforcement staff, and Cook County Search & Rescue responded and iden­tified the deceased as Justin Sperl, 32, of Mar­shall Minnesota.

Sperl had been the subject of a missing per­son report from August 10, 2023, but his ve­hicle was located at the Brule Lake landing in Cook County. Law enforcement personnel made contact with Sperl on August 11, 2023, and he stated that he was fine and was only out canoeing.

“This is a terrible tragedy, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Justin.” Stated Sheriff Pat Eliasen.

No further details are being released, pend­ing further investigation and examination from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

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