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Ottumwa Woman Drowns in Western Iowa Lake

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APPANOOSE COUNTY, Iowa - woman has died after falling into Rathbun Lake early Sunday.

Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported a female fell into the lake at the Rathbun Marina and did not resurface.

Officials said that 43-year-old Kathy Sue Lukehart, of Ottumwa, was on the dock at the marina when she lost her balance and fell into the lake.

Emergency personnel responded to the marina boat docks around 12:52 a.m. and began rescue operations. Lukehart was found at approximately 1:50 a.m. in the water near the location where she fell in.

Her body was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville where she was pronounced dead.

Lukehart’s body was taken to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.