WINDSOR, N.D. — The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office has recovered the body of a Wisconsin man who was the subject of a search in the Windsor area since Labor Day, according to Sheriff Chad Kaiser.

The body of Gage Laper, 20, of Hudson, Wis., was found in a body of water in the search area Friday, Sept. 6.

Laper abandoned his car in the Windsor area Monday, about 17 miles west of Jamestown. He was considered mentally unstable and had no ties to the area. Officials searched each day using drones, search dogs and UTVs in an effort to locate him.

Earlier reports said Laper was from Minnesota or Hammond, Wis., but his family confirmed he was living in Hudson before his disappearance.

"He is at peace as an Angel in Heaven," a family spokesperson said in an email to Forum News Service. "There is currently no cause of death but more should be known after an autopsy is completed next week."

The family asked for privacy and said they will release information as the investigation continues.