Montana officials halt search for missing anglers

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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 11:12 AM

CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in northern Montana have suspended the search for a Canadian man and a Japanese woman who went missing during a fishing trip because the lake has frozen over and heavy snowfall has made it difficult to access the area.

Three people were believed to have fallen into Mission Lake on Nov. 22. Divers recovered the body of 63-year-old Kazuhiko Hayashizaki (kah-zoo-HEE'-koh hay-YAH'-shee-zah-kee) of Canada three days later.

Fifty-six-year-old Danny Heland and 75-year-old Fuki Nishibayashi (FOO'-kee nish-uh-BY'-ashee) are still missing.

Glacier County deputies were only able to get within a mile of the lake recently. The agency will monitor the area when road and weather conditions allow.

Sgt. Judd Milender said in a statement Tuesday that the sheriff's office is committed to recovering the missing anglers when it is safe.