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Madison County authorities found elderly man’s dead body in a rural pond, investigation

The body of an elderly man was retrieved from a remote pond in Madison County on Thursday, September 29, as first reported by WHO13.

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies got a report of a probable drowning at a small pond near the intersection of Wildrose Lane and 105th Street in rural Madison County at approximately 12:30 p.m. Southwest of Des Moines, the county is situated.

Des Moines Police Department search and rescue divers were dispatched to the pond in an attempt to locate the man who had drowned.

According to a Facebook post by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, “the Madison County Ambulance, Norwalk Fire & Rescue, Madison County Emergency Management, and the Madison County Medical Examiner’s Office provided assistance at the scene.”

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the man’s body was discovered from the pond at approximately 4:30 p.m. The adult guy was later identified as 86-year-old Leonard Wolfe of Windsor Heights. The center of Madison County is approximately a 40-minute drive from the Des Moines neighborhood of Windsor Heights.

The investigation into Wolfe’s drowning is still ongoing, and no other information has been released.

To promote safety near agricultural ponds, the Ag Safety and Health website suggests the following regarding conduct and maintenance:

  • Post No Trespassing and/or Keep Out signs around the pond.
  • Promote proper swimming instruction for all children.
  • Eliminate physical hazards in and around the pond, which may include sloping entrance areas and pond edges.
  • Dredge the pond regularly to remove submerged debris.
  • Employ a certified laboratory to test the pond’s water quality each spring.
  • Identify the depth of the water at various locations in the pond and indicate dangerous areas.
  • Insert a stable yellow rescue post in close proximity to the pond’s edge.
  • Never allow anyone to swim alone. Individuals who supervise swimmers should be trained in water rescue procedures and CPR.
  • If possible, install a fence with a locked gate around the pond.

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