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Posted on: May 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE Update: River Recovery - St. Croix River

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This afternoon we were advised by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office that the body recovered on the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls this past Friday was D’Andrea Sanvig. D’Andrea fell into the St. Croix River on April 11th, 2023. His death has been classified as a drowning.

Over the past month, extensive efforts have been put forth in an attempt to locate D’Andrea. We are grateful his family is able to move towards closure from this situation.

Many agencies assisted in the initial rescue attempts and ultimate recovery efforts of D’Andrea. A full list of those involved as been posted to our agency Facebook page.


05/26/2023 Update:

At approximately 11am this morning the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group canoeing on the St. Croix River south of the Taylors Falls area. The group reported they found a deceased body floating in the water. 

Resources were dispatched to the area and a human body was recovered. The deceased individual has been transferred to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and definitive identification.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for an individual who is believed to have drown earlier this spring near the area of today’s recovery. Updates will be available after an autopsy is completed.


4/12/2023 Update:

The victim has been identified as D'Andrea Sanvig (18) of Luck, WI.

Teams are actively searching for D'Andrea by land, water and air. The public is asked to stay away from the water search portion of this operation.


April 11, 2023

On Tuesday April 11, 2023 at approximately 6:10 p.m. the Chisago County Emergency Communications Center began receiving 911 calls regarding a male who had fallen into the St. Croix River.

Initial information indicated an 18 year old resident of Wisconsin was within Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls near a rock ledge overlooking the St. Croix River. The male lost his footing and fell off a cliff and ultimately landed in the waters of the St. Croix.

An extensive rescue effort was launched consisting of multiple area agencies. Search efforts were unsuccessful and paused at nightfall. The search will resume in the morning.

We ask that the general public not search on or near the water at this time. The flow rate of the river, along with debris typically seen in the spring, has made for dangerous search conditions.

Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.

Derek Anklan, Captain

Initial Press Release (PDF)

Updated Press Release with Name (PDF)

Updated Press Release Body Recovery (PDF)

Updated Press Release Body Identified (PDF)

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