UPDATE: Man who drowned in northeast Kansas identified

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — A Kansas man is dead after drowning at Pillsbury Crossing near Manhattan.

It happened Saturday evening at Pillsbury Crossing, a state wildlife area. According to the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the man died while trying to swim across Deep Creek.

He was attempting to swim across the creek with friends when he began having difficulty and called for help. He then submerged and others were not able to locate him. There is a sharp bend in that creek, and the water is typically deeper near the outer bank where creeks and rivers make turns.

The body was recovered by emergency personnel after about two hours of searching. He's been identified as 21-year-old Anthony Bernard Strange, Jr. of Topeka.

An autopsy will be conducted, but a state official said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area is for fishing and paddle boating, but swimming is not allowed due to many underwater hazards in the area.

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