About 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, a body was recovered from Boom Lake, located in Kiwanis Park in Brainerd.
Initial indications are that it is the 23-year-old missing Brainerd man Brandon Rich who authorities had been searching for since he was reporting missing on May 5.
The body was located completely submerged in slightly more than 6 feet of water about 100 feet from shore, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston reported. Boom Lake is a shallow 8-acre lake located within the park, which is about four blocks from Rich's home. Rich's body will be transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for positive identification and an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Boat and Water Division had a boat out on Boom Lake Friday near Kiwanis Park in Brainerd looking for Rich.
The Minnesota State Patrol also assisted with the search from the air with a helicopter flying above the river area.
Brainerd Police were alerted to the park area after wet clothing was found near a park building. The clothing was later positively identified as belonging to Rich. K-9 Search and Rescue teams from Central Lakes Search and Rescue and North Star Search and Rescue were instrumental in assisting authorities in locating Rich, McQuiston reported.
This matter remains under investigation.
A vulnerable adult, Rich was last seen at 11 p.m. Wednesday at his residence on the 800 block of South Sixth Street in Brainerd.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805. The Brainerd Fire Department and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department assisted in this search and recovery operation.
*** This article was updated to correct that the boat and water division was looking for Rich in Boom Lake, not the Mississippi River.