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Water Related Death

Posted: 05/03/2021

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 21005339

Date Reported: 05/01/2021 at 4:49 PM

Incident: Water Related Death

Location: Lake Ida, Douglas County

Complainant/Victim: Danny Jay Haak, Age 59 of Alexandria, MN - DECEASED

Case Details:

On 05/01/2021 at approximately 4:49 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a frantic woman ringing the neighbor’s doorbell. The homeowner called to report the woman’s suspicious behavior he had viewed through his doorbell’s camera. A short time later a second 911 call came from the same woman who was reporting that she had found her husband (Haak) in the lake and unresponsive.

Douglas County Deputies were dispatched along with North Memorial Ambulance and Garfield First Responders and MN DNR. While emergency units were en route, information was updated that a retired MN State Trooper was on scene and was able to bring Haak to shore and start CPR. Emergency responders continued to administer life saving techniques however all efforts were unsuccessful in resuscitation and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It is unclear how Haak ended up in the water. He was located near shore and the dock he had launched his boat from. Haak was not wearing a personal flotation device.

This case remains under investigation.


**UDATED INFORMATION 05/05/2021***

Further investigation in this case and with the assistance of autopsy results provided by the Midwest Medical Examiner, it is believed that Haak suffered a medical related event prior to entering the water. This medical condition is believed to have contributed to Haak entering the water. Drowning is not considered to be the manner of death.

Officer: Sgt. Paul Trautman, #236


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