Remains of missing Pepin boater identified

WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) – The human remains found by two hikers along the Mississippi River in mid-August have been positively identified as those of missing sailboat captain David Sheridan of Pepin, Wisconsin.

On the evening of Saturday, August 18, Wabasha Co. Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said two boys had found a torso with an attached leg, partially underneath a log.

“That’s the Wabasha Bridge right there. The remains were found about a half-mile upstream on the Minnesota side, inland, in the woods, about 100 feet offshore,” said Sheriff Bartsh.

Bartsh said Friday afternoon that DNA testing had confirmed that the remains found were part of Sheridan’s body.

The sheriff’s office is still waiting on other DNA tests on human bones found back in July by a nearby boat dock, as they work to close the tragic case.

Sheridan, 61, was last seen around 8 p.m. on April 28 on his sailboat on Lake Pepin.  His friend Larry Nielson captured this photo – the last time anyone saw Sheridan alive.

Dan Schillinger

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