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Man recovered from Iowa River after drowning

BY MEREDITH CULLEN | JULY 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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The body of an adult male was recovered on Wednesday from the Iowa River after local law-enforcement officials responded to reports that a man had fallen in the water.

Emergency personnel identified the man as Perry John Graham, 54, after completing recovery operations. Graham was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Police received a call by a male witness from the Village Inn Restaurant at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday that an adult male had fallen into the river. A Village Inn manager declined to comment on the incident.

Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said officers did not see anyone right away after they responded to the scene, but after interviewing people under the Highway 6 bridge, where the incident was reported, officers received consistent stories about an adult disappearing under the water and drowning.

Because the Iowa River falls under the jurisdiction of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Brotherton said, the Sheriff’s Office was called in and a body was located shortly thereafter.

“It appears to be an accidental drowning,” Brotherton said.

Johnson County officials said the last time an accidental drowning occurred in the Iowa River was believed to have occurred on Jan. 4, 2010.


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