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Doug Winter's kayak was found empty along the shore of Lake Superior last Tuesday, setting off a week of search and rescue efforts. There has been no signs of Winter since last Monday. Mike Creger

Grim finds bring doubt of kayaker's survival

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An empty kayak. An abandoned car. A life jacket. A paddle. Piece by piece last week, a disturbing reality emerged along the shore of Lake Superior around Split Rock Creek. Grimly, all that can be expected now is to find a body.

Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson confirmed the worst fears this week. Douglas Winter is presumed drowned after a week of searching.

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