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September 20, 2013

Authorities identify drowning victim

OTTUMWA — Authorities say the body found in the Des Moines River on Sept. 14 was an Ottumwa man who accidentally drowned.

Police announced Friday that the body was that of Michael John Schorg, 47, who lived on 200th Avenue in Ottumwa. Officers found Schorg's fishing equipment along the riverbank during their investigation. That helped lead them to the conclusion Schorg fell into the river accidentally and then drowned.

Authorities said earlier in the week they believed they knew the identity but wanted to confirm it before making any announcement.

 

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