The body of a rural Elmore Minnesota man was found in a ditch in northern Iowa over the weekend. Kossuth County Sheriff Steve Kollasch reports that the victim is identified as 86-year-old Kenneth Eldon Reed. Reed was apparently driving to his farm late Saturday when he became stuck in a snowdrift, he tried to scoop the vehicle out but then started walking to get help, about three-quarters of a mile from his farm, he collapsed into a ditch and died.
Sheriff Kollasch says an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, no foul play is suspected at this time. The body was seen by a passing motorist at 8:25 AM Sunday on 480th Street in Hebron Township east of U-S Highway 169, some three miles south of Elmore which is on the Iowa/Minnesota border.
A Nebraska teenager was killed in a car crash in central Iowa on Sunday night. Police in the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights identify the victim as 19-year-old Lindsay Swanson of Kearney, Nebraska. Investigators say Swanson was driving the car that lost control about 11 P.M. on Interstate 235.
The car reportedly vaulted off a bridge rail and landed on its top underneath the freeway. It had been snowing. Police say speed and the road conditions may have played a role in the crash, though the cause is still under investigation.
Chuck Shockley, KLGA, Algona also contributed to this story.