The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who apparently drowned overnight in rural Runnells.
The sheriff’s office says someone called 911 around 3:00 Friday morning about a possible drowning at a private pond at a home at 175 35th Place.
The sheriff’s office says with the help of several nearby emergency units, they used boats to search for the home’s owner, 78-year-old Richard Owens. Crews found his body in the pond after about 15 minutes of searching.
Friends assumed he had been out hunting, but were concerned when they had not heard from him.
“He’s a hunter so they rightfully assumed he had been out hunting until they discovered some of his equipment down by the pond and they became concerned that maybe he may have fallen in the pond,” says Ron Goemaat.
The sheriff’s office says they think Owens was trying to make repairs on the pond’s aerator.
His body was sent to the State Medical Examiner`s Office to determine the exact cause of death.