UPDATE: Boaters died of carbon monoxide poisoning, autopsy says
WILLIAMS, Minn. — Two men found dead in a boat on Lake of the Woods died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, according to preliminary autopsy results.
The victims were identified by the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office as Lonnie Ray Norberg, 44, of Champlin, and Jeffrey Edward Wheeler, 35, also of Champlin.
The investigation indicates that a faulty exhaust system may be the cause of high levels of carbon monoxide, according to Sheriff Gary Fish.
A third man, Christopher Andrew Klick, 43, of Crystal, survived and remains hospitalized at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
The incident was reported about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near Birch Beach, north of Williams, according to the sheriff’s department.
Authorities discovered the bodies of Norberg and Wheeler. Klick was transported by Lake of the Woods Ambulance to LakeWood Health Center in Baudette, Minn.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues to assist with the investigation.
Lake of the Woods is a popular fishing lake that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border in northwest Minnesota. Champlin and Crystal are Minneapolis suburbs