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updated: 8/9/2012 8:25 AM

Southern Illinois man found dead in lake

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EAST ST. LOUIS -- Authorities are investigating the death of a Fairview Heights man whose body was pulled from a lake at Frank Holten State Park.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells the Belleville News-Democrat that 61-year-old David Lichtenegger was pronounced dead Wednesday night.

Illinois Conservation Police Officer Bob Liebl says an employee at the East St. Louis park spotted an overturned kayak. Police found Lichtenegger's body floating near the bank of the lake a short time later.

Illinois State Police officials say they were told the man appeared to have fallen out of the kayak and drowned. But State Police Capt. Jim Morrisey says they're investigating to determine exactly what happened.

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