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Illinois man found dead after crashing car through lake in Washburn County

TOWN OF CRYSTAL, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) -- Authorities have found the body of an Illinois businessman that had been missing in northwestern Wisconsin since Monday.

The Washburn County Sheriff’s office says the truck of 30-year-old Edward Steinhardt was discovered partially submerged in the south end of Dilly Lake over the weekend. The victim’s body was discovered a short distance from the truck.

An autopsy has been ordered to confirm a cause of death, but authorities believe the Naperville, Illinois man likely died from the cold after escaping his truck. It’s unknown why the victim drove the truck on the frozen lake.

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