Clearwater County update on unrelated Rice Lake deaths over the weekend

The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office announced the name of the adult who passed away last weekend in Rice Lake.

Deputies responded to two unrelated deaths in the Rice Lake Community in as many days, the first late Saturday night for an unresponsive 44-year-old male, now identified as William Keezer of Naytahwaush.

Keezer was reportedly lying in the roadway when he was found.

The next morning, first responders again were called to Rice Lake for an unresponsive 15-year-old boy, later declared deceased at Sanford Bagley. The name of the 15-year-old will not be released.

The cases are still under investigation, anyone with information can contact the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office at 218-694-6226.


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