Body of missing boater located in Mississippi River near Cassville

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On Thursday, Oct. 18, a 911 caller advised law enforcement officials that he had located a body in the Mississippi River.

The body was recovered from Sand Cut, just west of Jack Oak Road on the Wisconsin side of the river. The body was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for an autopsy. 

The autopsy confirmed the body was that of John Roe, 56, of Burlington, Wis. The cause of death was determined to be drowning and manner classified as accidental. 

On Oct. 6, searching began for a missing boater believed to be in the Mississippi River near Pool 11. The Cassville Fire Department responded to a call of a boat spinning in circles in the main channel north of the Cassville Ferry Landing. Firefighters were able to ram the circling boat and pull the safety lanyard to stop the motor. The boat came to rest on the shoreline north of Cassville. 

Later, information was received that a 56-year-old man from Burlington, Wis., was believed to be out boating by himself and had gone missing. Investigators believe the man likely fell out of the boat and was not wearing a personal floatation device. 

These search and response efforts were in conjunction with many agencies including the Iowa DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Wisconsin State Patrol, Guttenberg Fire Department, Guttenberg Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Glen Haven Fire Department, and the Cassville Fire Department.

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