Months after the fatal Missouri River boating incident, Nebraska man was charged with involuntary manslaughter and boating while intoxicated

HARRISON COUNTY, Iowa – A person has been arrested in relation to a death by drowning on the Missouri River.

Monday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources accused Garret Vanderheiden, 22, of Fremont, Nebraska, with involuntary manslaughter and drunk boating.

The allegations are related to the death of Emma Sue Olsen, age 20, in May. Sunday, May 29 just before midnight, the 30-foot boat she was on began to take on water.

It is unknown how the boat began to fill with water.

Olsen’s body was recovered on June 2 after many days of searching the river.

Vanderheiden was supposedly the captain of the vessel when the tragedy took place near Mondamin, Iowa.

Authorities are asking the public’s assistance in determining the circumstances surrounding the death of a lady on the Missouri River over Memorial Day weekend.

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