Man drowns in Mille Lacs Lake

The site where a body was found on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake.











The body of a suburban Twin Cities man washed up on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake on Thursday, July 5, the victim of an apparent drowning.

Terry Lee McKinzie, 52 of Plymouth, was found dead at about 12:15 p.m. His body had washed ashore in the area of 15665 Twilight Road in North Kathio Township, near Onamia.

“Evidence leads us to believe that the man may have attempted entering the rocky shore of Mille Lacs near his home to possibly bathe in the lake and possibly lost footing, hitting his head and drowning,” Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren said.

On Thursday, July 5, Mille Lacs County’s 911 communications center from Kelli Diggins of Andover, who reported the incident, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren.

McKinzie, who owned Twin Cities-based Quality Carpet Care, was at Mille Lacs Lake at the time of the accident where he was in the process of building a lake home where he had hoped to retire.

When the body was found, patrol deputies, boat and water deputies, crews from Mille Lacs Health System Ambulance, Mille Lacs Tribal Police and the Mille Lacs Tribal DNR all responded to the area and a quick canvas of the immediate area. They were able to determine that a male who was in the process of building a new home in the area was unaccounted for, Lindgren said.

That person was McKinzie, who matched a description of the man found near shore. Authorities quickly identified the body as being that of McKinzie, Lindgren said.

Nothing in the death investigation has led authorities to suspect foul play, Lindgren said.

The Anoka County Medical Examiner’s office is assisting the sheriff’s department with an autopsy to officially determine McKinzie’s cause of death.

As of Tuesday,  the case remained active and under investigation pending the outcome of that autopsy.