Officials Investigate Drowning of Handcuffed Iowa Man
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the drowning of a 20-year-old Iowa man who was handcuffed and being transported on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch says an officer from the patrol’s water division handcuffed Brandon Ellingson and put him in a life vest to take him for a sobriety test late Saturday afternoon. The patrol’s incident report says Ellingson stood up, moved to one side of the boat and went overboard.
Reinsch said Monday officials are investigating whether Ellingson fell or jumped and why his life vest came off. A dive team recovered his body shortly before noon Sunday.
Ellingson was from Clive, Iowa, and had been attending Arizona State University.