One Dead in Drowning Incident

Blakesburg, Iowa – On Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at approximately 5:48pm, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 10150 208th Avenue in Blakesburg in rural Wapello County.  The call was reporting that a male subject had entered a farm pond on a horse and that the male subject never come out of the pond.   The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office and Blakesburg Fire Department responded to the scene, as well as the Ottumwa Fire Department with a watercraft.  A search of the pond by firefighters for several minutes located Jose Perez-Ochoa, 40 years old, of Blakesburg.  Mr. Perez-Ochoa died as a result of the incident.