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Second body recovered in search for missing boaters on Lake of the Woods

OAK ISLAND, Minn.--A second body was recovered in the search for three missing boaters in Lake of the Woods Sunday morning. Cody Ostendorf, 24, was recovered at approximately 9:30 a.m. by the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff's Department and Minn...

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OAK ISLAND, Minn.--A second body was recovered in the search for three missing boaters in Lake of the Woods Sunday morning.

Cody Ostendorf, 24, was recovered at approximately 9:30 a.m. by the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff's Department and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A local resident of Flag Island discovered the body at the northeast corner of the island.

Searchers found Justin Kelly Haugtvedt, 22, in about 14 feet of water in the southwest area of Oak Island Friday night.

Both bodies will be transported to the UND Medical Examiner's Office in Grand Forks.

The Sheriff's Office said it is continuing to search for the third missing boater, Keith Ayers, 28.

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Haugtvedt, Ostendorf and Ayers were reported missing after their 16-foot Lund boat was found capsized Oct. 3 on the northeast corner of Flag Island. The men, all of Baudette, Minn., were last seen leaving Sunset Resort on Oak Island at 12:10 a.m. Oct. 3, according to surveillance video. Oak Island is east of Minnesota's Northwest Angle and more than 20 miles north of Long Point on the lake's southern shore.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to assist family members of the three men, according to Retina LaValla, who started the page. She said the goal is to raise $30,000.

About 100 people showed up at Zippel Bay State Park on the lake's south shore Friday night for a vigil.

"People came from all over," LaValla said. "It was very quiet. There were lots of tears shed."

On Thursday, a shoe belonging to Ayers was found on the shore of Oak Island.

Discovery of Haugtvedt and Ostendorf came after crews searched through land, air and water.

Ostendorf grew up in the Twin Cities, while Haugtvedt is originally from Warren, Minn., and Ayers, a fishing guide, is from Pennsylvania.

Several from around northwestern Minnesota had followed the search on LaValla's funding site and on social media.

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"Such sad news. Prayers for family and friends of all three and everyone helping search, raise money and give support," Shawna Wendler wrote in a comment on a post about the search on the Facebook page for the Northern Light Region newspaper in Baudette.

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