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Search continues for Dassel teen who disappeared while swimming near HL
June 9, 2017

By Ivan Raconteur

DASSEL, HOWARD LAKE, MN – Levi William Wuollet, 18, of Dassel, was swimming with his brother and a friend in the North Fork of the Crow River near the Keats Ave. SW bridge in Middleville Township north of Howard Lake Monday when he went under and did not resurface.

Wuollet graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School Sunday.

Numerous agencies and volunteers have been searching for Wuollet since he disappeared.

A page has been set up for anyone who wishes to make a donation to help the family with expenses related to the search. CLICK HERE to see the page.

“Our gratitude to everyone who have, and continue to support, search, and pray during this difficult time is more than we can express,” stated a post on the page.

Wuollet had not been found at the time this issue went to press.

How the search for Wuollet unfolded

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported that June 5 at 6:56 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a suspected drowning in the North Fork Crow River near the Keats Ave. bridge in Middleville Township, north of Howard Lake.

The caller reported that a person they had been swimming with had gone underwater and did not surface.

Rescue personnel from the following agencies responded to the scene: Wright County Patrol Deputies, Wright County Water Patrol, Howard Lake Police Department, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter, Waverly Fire Department, Howard Lake Fire Department, Maple Lake Fire Department, and the Winsted Fire Department.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the search was suspended due to lack of daylight.

The search continued Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol joined the search with specialized underwater sonar equipment.

Numerous volunteers also participated in the search.

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