Boater drowns in Lake Independence

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of an apparent drowning victim from Lake Independence in mid afternoon, Friday, June 8.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner Monday, June 11, identified the victim as Charles Dollar, 67, of Long Lake. The medical examiner said his death was an accident and due to "fresh water drowning."

Dollar had been missing since Thursday morning, said a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Multiple law enforcement agencies had been conducting a search since responding to the incident on Thursday night.

Murky water hindered the search for the missing man. A combined sonar/diver search was underway when a diver located his body in six and a half feet of water near the dock at the Baker Park boat launch.

On Thursday, June 7, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Three Rivers Park Police regarding a fishing boat found adrift on Lake Independence. It was learned that an adult male in his 60’s from Long Lake had gone out fishing earlier that morning and did not return home. The drifting boat was confirmed to be the property of the missing man.

The Three Rivers Park Police Department and the Medina Police Department assisted the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office with the recovery.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the cause of death.