(1/20/14) After two weeks of searching, the body of a La Crosse man was found yesterday afternoon in the Mississippi River at Winona Minnesota.
Authorities were just about to suspend their search for 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury until the spring, when underwater cameras found his body in 10-feet of water around 3:45 p-m. He was in a car that plunged into the Mississippi on January 5th after it lost control on a curve in Winona. The car, its driver, and a male passenger were pulled out the same day. Another man's body was found the next day. The driver, a 36-year-old woman, was with three childhood friends from Minnesota. Kingsbury had moved to La Crosse, and the others were still living in the Gopher State. Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said Kingsbury's body was found about 700-feet downstream from where the vehicle plunged in. Had he not been found yesterday, Brand said the search would have been temporarily halted. That was after two rescuers fell into the frozen water and were hurt during the two-week search attempt. Thirty-one rescue agencies from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa put in an estimated 14-hundred hours to search for Kingsbury. Most volunteered on their own time.