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UPDATE: Search suspended for Northfield man presumed drowned
Instead, Army National Guard helicopters will be flying over the river today, combing the swelling river from above, according to Lt. James Kneeland.
"It's too high for us to consider going back there today, so we have pulled out," Kneeland said. "We'll play it day by day, hopefully we can get back in there by this weekend."
Teams are searching for Aaron Hoyt of Northfield, in what Kneeland said is now a recovery operation, as Hoyt is "presumed drowned," he said.
Two friends who were with Hoyt have not seen him since he jumped in the water just before 8 p.m. Monday, he said. The two swimmers called for help after he failed to surface.
The two friends were upset Tuesday, Kneeland said, that media reports indicated they had dared Hoyt to jump in. The reports came from statements made by rescue crews Monday night and Tuesday morning.
"I don't doubt that they were participating in a Polar Plunge, they were talking about it afterward and said they had seen it on the Internet," Kneeland said.
"We just don't have any specific evidence that anyone dared him to go in. They indicated they wanted to participate in a Polar Plunge, but we don't have evidence of a specific dare," he said.
The bridge at the falls where the search teams headquartered Monday night and Tuesday was underwater this morning, Kneeland said, and the waters were expected to continue rising.
Kneeland said Fish and Game and Marine Patrol search teams hoped to return to the scene by the weekend. When they next search, they will likely have "cadaver dogs:" dogs trained in finding bodies, he said.
Michael Hoyt of Northfield confirmed Tuesday that his son, Aaron Hoyt, is the person who was lost in the waters Monday night. Michael Hoyt said police met with him Tuesday morning. Michael Hoyt would not comment further.
Law enforcement authorities confirmed this evening that Aaron Hoyt is the victim.
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