Police use thermal imaging drone to find ice fisher’s body

Police use thermal imaging drone to find ice fisher’s body

A man who was fishing on a Walworth County lake Tuesday drowned, officials said.

The Town of Linn Police Department said it responded to a request for a welfare check at 3:34 p.m. Linda Zielinski told police that her husband Michael had gone out on Geneva Lake at about 3 a.m. to fish on the ice but more than 12 hours later, she couldn’t find him. Calls to his cellphone were unanswered.

Using a drone with thermal imaging, Linn police spotted a faint heat signature in the water. Zielinski’s body and fishing equipment were found about 1,036 feet from the south shore of the lake, northwest of Linn Pier, where Zielinski’s pickup truck was parked. According to the report, his body was floating near the lake’s surface.

Zielinski was pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m.

Linn police said unseasonably warm weather has thawed ice, making lakes dangerous to walk on. Citizens are advised to stay off Geneva Lake.

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