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Body pulled from Upper Iowa River was that of Florida woman

July 24, 2018

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a body recovered from the Upper Iowa River in northeast Iowa was that of a Florida woman.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says kayakers found the body Sunday near the shoreline, northwest of Decorah. Attempts to resuscitate her failed.

The department identified her as 65-year-old Susan Fechhelm, who lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’d been wearing a life jacket while alone in a kayak, but the life jacket had partially come off. The department says no one saw her kayak capsize.

An autopsy is scheduled.

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