The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

July 13, 2014

Ottumwa woman's body recovered from Rathbun Lake

RATHBUN LAKE — The body of an Ottumwa woman was recovered at Rathbun Lake early Sunday morning.

At approximately 12:52 a.m. Sunday, emergency personnel responded to the Rathbun Marina boat docks on a report of a female that fell into Rathbun Lake and was missing.

When Appanoose County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Rathbun Marina, they learned that Kathy Sue Lukehart, 43, of Ottumwa, was on her boat, which was docked at the Rathbun Marina. Lukehart got off her boat and was standing on the dock. Lukehart was adjusting her clothing when she lost her balance and fell into the lake. Lukehart never surfaced, and witnesses immediately called 911.

Emergency personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Appanoose County Water Rescue, Iowa State Patrol, Mercy Ambulance, Mystic, Moravia and Centerville Fire and Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene and began rescue operations.

At approximately 1:50 a.m., Lukehart was found under the water's surface near the location where she fell in. Lukehart was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, where she was pronounced dead.

Lukehart’s body was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.

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