Body Found in Mississippi River Thought to Be Missing Snowmobiler

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

Diver Chad Bonser, left, with Lambourne Diving based out of Mechanicsville, Iowa walks out onto the ice to search the frozen waters of the Maquoketa River northeast of Preston, Iowa, Monday Jan. 24, 2011. A recovery effort was being made for Shawn Berthel, 23, of rural Preston, Iowa, who fell through the ice during a snowmobile outing Saturday night. (DAVE KETTERING/The Telegraph Herald)

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By Aaron Hepker

JACKSON COUNTY, Iowa - A body found in the Mississippi River on Monday is thought to be a Jackson County snowmobiler.

According to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Corps of Engineers discovered a body in a snowsuit while dredging the Mississippi River on Monday.

Authorities suspect the body could be Shawn Berthel, who went through the ice on his snowmobile on January 22, 2011.

The body was sent to Ankeny for an autopsy and identification.
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