Memorial planned for 2 Red Lake anglers

Photo courtesy of Tony Wake

A pair of missing anglers that were pulled from Upper Red Lake have been identified by family as Melissa Seidenstricker, 29, and Zeth Knyphausen, 28, according to a family friend.

The two were found on Nov. 27 after they never returned home from a fishing trip. According to a family friend, the two were fishing buddies.


The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office found the pair's ATV submerged in Upper Red Lake after finding a fishing hole in the ice. Their bodies were found shortly after, and brought to the Sanford Medical Center Morgue.

To draw attention to ice safety, the families of the anglers are hosting a memorial fishing tournament. Details of the event are still in the works.

Additionally, both families are raising money for funeral costs and a benefit in February. Their GoFundMe page can be found here.

According to the page, Seidenstricker's brother helped the rescuers locate the bodies. His first-hand account can be read there as well.