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Canton man dead after drowning in Wakonda State Park

One man is dead after an alleged drowning at Wakonda State Park. Picture: Lynsey Whitaker, KHQA

Larry Morriss, 79, of Canton, died in an ice fishing-related drowning at Wakonda State Park near LaGrange.

His body was found Monday afternoon face-down near a boat ramp.

Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told KHQA it appears it was an accident.

Brown said a nearby resident saw a man in the water around 3:30 p.m. and reported the emergency to a State Park Ranger.

Authorities said evidence at the scene indicates the man was ice fishing.

The patrol says evidence indicates that Morriss was walking on the ice while fishing when he fell through.

Right now, the ice is only an inch and a half thick, which said is too thin.

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