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Woman Drowns in Wapsi River in Linn County

One person died in a drowning on the Wapsi River in Linn County on Saturday.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says shortly after 1:30 pm, they were called to a report of a missing woman who had been tubing on the river.

The caller reported seeing her friend’s tube float by, but her friend was missing.

Responders rescued the caller from the south bank from the area of Paris River Bridge on Sutton Road and the bridge on Paris Road. A conservation rescue boat was launched around 2 pm.

47-year old Mechele Horak of Marion was found by conservation officers unresponsive in the river several minutes later, but CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

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