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UPDATE: Missing Fisherman Found

By Aaryn Frazier, June 16, 2018

UPDATE: Richard Lewis Mart, 79, was found in the Des Moines River northwest of Ottumwa by a local boater at 8:30 Monday, June 18.

After authorities were notified, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office and Ottumwa Fire Department recovered the body north of the Blackhawk Road Access.


Ottumwa Fire Department and Wapello County Sheriff’s office searched for a missing man today, June 16.

The avid river-goer left on his boat around 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday morning, and was not to be seen again. When local officials went to search for him they found his boat around the west bend of Turkey Island on empty, but no body. While the police search for remaining family to notify, the victim’s name and other personal information will not be released.

If anyone sees anything or has any further information contact the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department.

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