Drowning Investigation

By: News Release
Jul 23rd, 2018

Update: The Iowa DNR has now authorized the release of the identity of the victim from incident on the Upper Iowa River. The incident occurred July 22, 2018 at approximately 2:45pm. The victim was identified as Susan Ann Fechhelm (65) of St. Petersburg, Florida. This incident remains under investigation by the Iowa DNR.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, Decorah Fire Department, Winneshiek Medical Center ambulance and Iowa State Patrol assisted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in responding to the report of an apparent drowning victim on the Upper Iowa River Northwest of Decorah Sunday afternoon. The victim was recovered shortly after responding to the scene. Iowa DNR will continue with the investigation.

Out of respect for the family of the victim, and due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.