Body still missing near Four Bears Marina

He has been missing for a month, presumed drowned on the Missouri River arm of Lake Sakakawea. Chad Kanine, 42, Parshall, was last seen riding a jet ski in the area of the Four Bears Marina the morning of June 11.

The jet ski Kanine was piloting was found, riderless, on the shore opposite the Four Bears Marina. Based on observations from others who were on the water that morning and saw Kanine, it is believed he went missing sometime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Despite an extensive search effort that has involved several agencies, he had not been found as of mid-day Wednesday.

Deep water in the search area, up to 100 feet deep, and submerged trees have made the search difficult. So too has current flowing in the Missouri River channel within Lake Sakakawea. Searchers have scoured banks for several miles on either side of the lake where Kanine’s jet ski was recovered. They have considered a variety of factors in trying to locate Kanine’s body, including the predominant wind direction.

Weather conditions at the time of Kanine’s disappearance included strong winds. One person who saw Kanine riding his jet ski that morning described him as “wave hopping.” According to authorities Kanine was not wearing a personal flotation device.

Two other men have drowned in area lakes since Kanine’s disappearance. Kelly Krebsbach, Lake Metigoshe, went missing June 24 after presumeably falling from his pontoon on Lake Metigoshe. His body was recovered five days later.

Most recently rescue divers recovered the body of Albert Wilson, 32, Minot, who slipped beneath the surface of Nelson-Carlson Lake on Monday.

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