BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEST POINT – After a search that began Thursday at Pollmiller Lake, area law enforcement and rescue personnel have recovered the body of an 85-year-old Danville man. According to Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, the body of Donald Paul Kobs was recovered Friday morning by a Muscatine County rescue diver with the assistance of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lee County Conservation, West Point Fire Department, West Point Police Department, Iowa DNR, and the Keokuk Fire Department. No foul play is expected at this time. The cause of death is pending due to a possible future autopsy.
On Thursday, the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with locating Mr. Kobs, who was last seen by a neighbor as he was leaving his home around the noon hour to go fishing at Pollmiller Park in rural West Point, Iowa, and had not been heard from since. Family members were concerned for his well-being due to recent health issues he was experiencing.
Deputies of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle at the boat ramp of Pollmiller Park registered to Mr. Kobs. Also located near the parking area of the boat ramp area was a chair and fishing gear with the keys to the car and a wallet that belonged to Mr. Kobs.
With the assistance of the West Point Fire Department, Keokuk Fire Department, and the West Point Police Department, a search was started at the lake in an attempt to find Mr. Kobs. The search lasted well into the night and into the morning hours, stopping due to weather. Deputies of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office began to search again at daybreak with the assistance of the West Point Police Department, Iowa DNR, Lee County Conservation, and a Muscatine County Sheriff’s Diver.
With the use of Lee County K9 Gunner, it was apparent that Mr. Kobs had walked from his car to the dock, where his fishing gear and personal items were found. No other scents were tracked leaving the area. The use of side scan sonar from two DNR boats were utilized and the Muscatine County Deputy used scuba gear to dive into the water to thoroughly search for Mr. Kobs.
The body of Mr. Kobs was recovered in the water and he was examined by the Lee County Medical Investigator Bill Young after he was removed from the water.
Weber extended a thank you to the agencies that assisted in this search and recovery, a special thank you to Lee County Chaplain Father Mark Spring for his support to the family at their time of need, and to Krebill Farms for the use of a drone to help search the surrounding area and shoreline of Pollmiller Park.