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Search stretches into second week for missing La Crosse man

WINONA, MN (WTAQ) - A search for a missing La Crosse man is entering its second week on the Mississippi River near Winona Minnesota.  

29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury was one of four people in an SUV that missed a turn, struck a guard rail, slid down an embankment, and went through the ice on the river.  

The driver and a passenger were in the vehicle when it was pulled out last Sunday. A third person's body was recovered last Monday.  

Rescuers from as far away as Black River Falls have used sonar equipment, cameras, and cadaver dogs -- and they've found no trace of Kingsbury.  

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says about 95 percent of the searchers are volunteers, and it's not an easy search because they can only see 4 to 10 feet underwater. Brand says it's possible that Kingsbury's body might be hidden behind a rock or a crevice that no one's been able to see yet.

Kingsbury's brother Chad tells WXOW-TV in La Crosse the search has been heart-wrenching -- and he says he's grateful for all the help and persistence. He said he makes sure the volunteers are fed, in gratitude for their efforts.  

Officials say the search will continue as long as the weather is still safe for divers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)