According to a press release from Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish, on November 9, his office received a report that James Christian Voels, 53, of Blackbird Island, was missing. The reporting party stated that Voels was last heard from on October 30, 2016.
On November 9, Chief Deputy Daryl Fish and Investigator Joe Morisch responded to Blackbird Island . A search of the island showed no sign of Voels.
On November 10, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the body of James Voels was located on the shoreline of Blackbird Island in Lake of the Woods.
Voels body was transported to the UND Forensic Pathology Center for autopsy. The incident remains under investigation. No further information was being released at this time.