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Teens Who Went Hunting Presumed Dead

Boys Were Hunting For Ducks On Lake Winnebago

November 14, 2003

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- A search Thursday failed to find two teenage boys who disappeared after going duck hunting on Lake Winnebago as severe winds hit the area Wednesday.

The search was suspended after darkness set in. The jonboat used by the boys, both from Oshkosh, was found about 2 p.m. across the lake on the eastern shore near Pipe in Fond du Lac County.

Sgt. John Zimmerman of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department said the teens, one 16 and the other 14, were presumed dead. Their names were not released Thursday.

The sheriff's department began the search Wednesday night after a parent alerted emergency dispatchers that the boys hadn't returned from an after-school duck-hunting trip. At the time, winds across much of Wisconsin were gusting as high as 40 to 50 mph as temperatures dropped.

After the initial search failed to find the boys, sheriff's officers, volunteers and other emergency workers returned to the lakeshore in the town of Black Wolf at 7 a.m. Thursday and searched by land, air and water.

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