Name Released For Missing Man in Pine River

The victim has been identified as Ronald Reinhart, age 69, of Canton, GA.    The boat operator has been identified as James Bifulk, age 67, of Maplewood, MN.

UPDATED: 6-13-2018

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 13, 2018 the body of the victim was recovered from Hay Lake at 4:20 PMAn autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. Assisting at the scene was the Lakes Area Dive Team and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.



Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two parties that had been thrown from a boat on Hay Lake, located in Ponto Lake Township, rural Pine River, MN.   Responders and Deputies arrived and located an adult male, who had been operating the boat.  This party was transported to shore and treated on scene for minor injuries. The search continues for the adult male who was a passenger in the boat. Assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial AirCare, Lakes Area Dive Team and the MN DNR Conservation and aircraft.