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Authorities: Two of Four Missing Illinois Men Identified

The bodies of two men were identified Sunday from an icy lake in Wisconsin where four went missing after a fated canoe trip, authorities told NBC News.

The bodies of 20 -year-old Lanny Patrick Sack and 21-year-old Christopher J McQuillan were pulled from the lake Sunday, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced in a press release.

A third body was recovered but hasn't been identified and the search continues for the fourth victim, authorities said.

The four men, all of them from Illinois, are believed to have gone for a canoe ride about 2 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) Sunday on Lake Beulah in Walworth County in southeast Wisconsin, said Jason Roberts, a recreational safety warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Authorities were called when the four men hadn't returned Sunday morning and that alcohol is suspected, Roberts said.

IMAGE: Water rescue on Mill Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin
A water rescue crew searches Sunday for four men missing on Mill Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin. WTMJ-TV

"I can assume that it was drowning or hypothermia," East Troy Police Chief Jim Surges told NBC station WTMJ of Milwaukee. "If we get one or two cold nights, the whole lake will freeze over. That's how cold the water is."

Kelly Eickhoff, who works at a nearby pub, said that the entire neighborhood was worried.

"We're such a tight-knit community," she told WTMJ. "We don't want to see a bad outcome. We only want to see a good outcome."