Crews Recover Body from Cedar River at Palisades-Kepler State Park

Linn County Sheriff's Department deputies as well as firefighters with the Lisbon Fire Department search for the body of a person that was swept under the water by the current of the Cedar River at Palisades Kepler State Park on Monday, June 20, 2011, in west of Mount Vernon, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

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By Aaron Hepker

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Search crews recovered a body from the Cedar River at Palisades Kepler State Park near Mount Vernon at about 2 p.m. Monday. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a man likely drowned there Sunday. Authorities have not confirmed if the body is that of the missing man.

The man, identified as Jonathon Paul Jones, 41, of Lisbon, was trying to rescue two children who were swept away by the river’s current around 7:30 pm Sunday. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says Jones slipped under the water and never resurfaced. Jones is presumed to have drowned. The children and a woman who also went into the river to help were rescued. The woman was taken to the hospital.

Crews used boats, divers and a helicopter to search the river. Rain and thunderstorms delayed this morning’s search. Some of the roads in Palisades park have been closed off for the search.

Search crews could not find the Jones’ body last night. Darkness forced them to call off the search until this morning.

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