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Sheriff: Victim allegedly was pushed off cliff

RED CLIFF, Wis. (AP) — Authorities now say an 18-year-old man who died after falling from a Lake Superior cliff was allegedly pushed.

Bayfield County District Attorney Craig Haukaas said Monday he will file a complaint charging a 22-year-old Ashland man with second-degree reckless homicide and felony murder in the death of Marvin Charette III of Washburn.

A kayaker found Charette’s body on shore in a small sea cave on the Red Cliff Reservation on July 5. He had been missing for two days.

Authorities believed Charette was at a gathering of about 20 people on July 3, and that he got too close to a cliff edge and fell nearly 60 feet.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the sheriff’s office submitted a criminal referral to the district attorney, alleging that Charette was actually pushed.

Information from: Duluth News Tribune,

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