Iowa DNR seeks witnesses to sinking boat in which Omaha woman drowned | national news


Emma Olson

OMAHA — Iowa investigators want to interview anyone who may have seen a boat that sank in the Missouri River on May 29 in which an Omaha woman drowned.

Emma Olsen, 20, drowned on the night of May 29 when a 30ft boat she was in sank in the river near Tyson Bend Nature Reserve about 5 miles to the west of Modale, Iowa. The boat was recovered on May 31, and Olsen’s body was found on June 2.

Olsen’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stonebridge Christian Church, 15801 Butler Ave., Omaha. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society.

A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that Olsen had been a passenger on the Oklahoma-registered Red and White Beetle. Investigators are trying to interview anyone who saw the boat on the river May 29 between Cottonwood Marina just north of Blair and Pop-n-Doc’s Marina in Decatur.

Witnesses should contact Aaron Johnson, a state conservation officer, at 712-249-2015, or [email protected] Witnesses can remain anonymous, the spokesperson said.

The DNR spokesman said investigators interviewed witnesses and examined the craft.

“Because this is an active investigation, we are not releasing any information,” said DNR’s Mick Klemesrud. “Once concluded, we will issue a press release on the findings (of the investigation) – including any charges, if any, that are filed.”

The Harrison County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office said it was contacted around 11:55 p.m. about a boat that sank. Several people on the boat had to be rescued by another craft.

Some of the passengers were taken to Cottonwood Marina. There, they told deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that Olsen was sleeping in a small cabin when the boat began to take on water.


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