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Body Located in Pokegema River

06/18/2024

The body of a missing Duluth man was located in the Pokegema River in the Village of Superior Monday afternoon June 17, 2024.

Ryan Lahti, 43, was reported missing on or about June 14th to the Duluth Police Department by family members who hadn't heard from him in several days.  Lahti was last seen fleeing into the woods from a traffic stop conducted by Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies on June 8, 2024 at about 8pm on Cemetery Rd. south of STH 105.  An extensive search using multiple K9's, aerial drones and thermal imaging were unsuccessful in locating Lahti at the time of that incident.

Douglas County Sheriff's Detectives, working with friends and family of Lahti, located his body partially submerged in the Pokegema River in an area west of Oakes Ave. and east of Cemetery Rd. at about 4:50pm.

Assisting in this investigation was the WI DNR, Superior Fire Department and the Duluth Police Department.  Cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.