OAK ISLAND, Minn. — The Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office carried out searches Tuesday for the only man still missing from a fatal boating accident in early October.
Crews searched Tuesday for Keith Ayers, 28, of Baudette, Minn., who is missing a month after his boat was found capsized in Minnesota’s north end of Lake of the Woods. Two other Baudette men, Justin Kelly Haugtvedt, 22, and Cody Joseph Ostendorf, 24, were in the boat with Ayers. Their bodies were found in October.
Family members found one of Ayers’ shoes Oct. 8 on the shore of Oak Island, but despite ongoing search efforts, have found nothing else.
Haugtvedt, originally of Warren, Minn., was the first of the three missing boaters to be found Oct. 9 in the southwest area of Oak Island. Two days later, a resident of nearby Flag Island found the body of Ostendorf, who was raised in the Twin Cities, at the island’s northeast corner.
Flag and Oak islands are on the north end of Minnesota’s portion of Lake of the Woods along the Canadian border.
The three men were reported missing after their Lund boat was found Oct. 3 capsized on the northeast corner of Flag Island. They had last been seen about 12:10 a.m. Oct. 3 leaving Sunset Lodge on Oak Island.
The Sheriff’s Office and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office searched last week near Oak and Flag islands for Ayers’ body using cadaver dogs, according to a news release.
The dogs showed interest in an area near Blackbird Island, a small island between Flag and Oak islands, but searchers ruled the area out after using electronic equipment to search the water there, according to the release.
Ayers, a fishing guide, is originally from Pennsylvania. His mother, Carol Derosky, traveled from Pennsylvania to Minnesota to search for him. Derosky’s husband, Barry Derosky, died recently in April 2014, according to his obituary.