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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Divers find body of missing 26-year-old in Lake Monona

Divers located the body of a 26-year-old man who had been missing since January in Lake Monona Wednesday, according to Madison police.

Charles Geurts of Kaukauna, Wis., was last seen Jan. 16 near the Sheraton Inn on John Nolen Drive, according to Madison Police Department South District Captain of Police Joe Balles.

The Dane County Dive Team recovered Geurts’ body Wednesday from a location roughly half a mile off shore where the lake reaches a depth of around 33 feet, according to Balles.

Balles said there are no signs of foul play in the case.

After a coworker reported Geurts missing, Balles said police searched the area and the lakeshore extensively, using volunteers and canine search units that narrowed the search to a small area, but could not locate a body through the ice on the lake.

Balles also said Geurts likely wandered onto the ice of the lake trying to get back to his hotel.

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