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BOULDER, IL (KTVI) – The body of a missing fisherman was located late Wednesday afternoon in Carlyle Lake.  Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue says search crews discovered his body in a flooded area about 4 feet deep, roughly 150 yards behind the fisherman’s home.

The man's identity is not being released yet, pending notification of next of kin. First responders from several agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Conservation, searched all day, combing the water with sonar, divers, and search and rescue dogs. They also searched surrounding riverbanks.

They began the search around midnight, when the fisherman’s wife called police.  According to Maue, the 55 year-old man went to check the trout lines behind his house Tuesday night around 6:30 pm.  His wife set the table, preparing for the fish he’d bring in, then took a nap. When she woke up, she realized he still wasn’t back yet, and called police.

The sheriff says the high water and flooding made conditions more dangerous, and the search was complicated by particularly murky water.

The fisherman’s ATV was located in the flooded area behind his home. The sheriff adds, “He used a little canoe to paddle out and check the lines that was right there at the water’s edge also. So what actually happened? We don’t know as of right now.”

The coroner arrived at the scene Wednesday evening to conduct his investigation.  Foul play is not suspected.  The sheriff says it’s possible the fisherman suffered from a medical condition while on the water.