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UPDATE: Possible identity of missing boater released

LINN COUNTY, Iowa. (KWWL) – Emergency crews are at Palisades-Kepler State Park searching for a missing boater.

Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the area along the Cedar River around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say an adult male fell out of his boat and into the river.

As of 12:30 p.m., the boater hadn’t been found and rescue crews were still searching.

This is a developing story, stick with KWWL for updates.

UPDATE: Authorities plan to resume the search for a missing boater in Linn County today.

On Sunday, authorities searched in and around the Cedar River in Palisades-Kepler State Park.

Authorities believe an adult male fell out of his boat and into the river.

His name hasn’t been released.

UPDATE: The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says they believe the missing boater is 59-year-old Ricky Lee Veenstra.

Witnesses reported that Veenstra went into the water from a boat just below the spillway in the Cedar River at Palisades Park and did not resurface.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources continue to search for the boater. They say the fast moving water in that area is making the search very difficult.


KWWL Staff

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