Missing snowmobiler’s body recovered from Bitter Lake

Form the Day County Sherriff’s Facebook Page:

On the early evening of December 18, 2022, the Day County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a snowmobiling incident South of Waubay and that the snowmobiler had not been heard from since earlier in the afternoon.

The Day County Sheriff’s Office, along with South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, several local community volunteers, and Codington County Search and Rescue began conducting a search south of Waubay, near Bitter Lake in the approximate area of the last phone ping. Search efforts were continued throughout the night.
During the mid-morning hours of December 19, 2022, the Day County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Codington County Search and Rescue, and the help of many Day County community members, located and recovered the body of the snowmobiler from Bitter Lake. It is believed the individual hit a patch of thin ice and broke through.
No criminal charges are pending. The Day County Sheriff’s Office sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends in this truly unfortunate accident.