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UPDATE: family says body of Grundy Center man located


Family members of David Hartke tell KWWL Tuesday evening his body was located. At this time specific details as to when and where Hartke's body were found are not available. 

Search efforts resumed Tuesday for Hartke whose ATV broke through the ice at Lake Ponderosa.

Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1djKu6S ) that members of the Midwest Regional Dive Team searched from noon until 5 p.m. Monday.

Rescue crews have drilled holes in the ice and inserted cameras.

They've found the ATV and fishing hut of 57-year-old David Hartke, but not his body.

Widmer says Hartke, of Grundy Center, and a friend were ice fishing on Saturday evening when Hartke and his vehicle broke through the ice.

Lake Ponderosa sits west of Montezuma in central Iowa.



The search for a man who fell through the ice on Lake Ponderosa near Montezuma resumed Monday as another team of divers joined the effort, according to the Montezuma Volunteer Fire Department.

David Allen Hartke, 57, of Grundy Center, reportedly fell through a weak spot in the ice on Lake Ponderosa while ice fishing on Saturday evening, according to Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer.

The Midwest Regional Dive Team was called in Monday to search until "all possible resources are exhausted," Widmer said in a release Monday morning.

It is the third dive team to search for Hartke since teams were called to the lake at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities tell us not long after 6:30 Saturday evening, dive teams were called to drill a hole in the late so they could place a camera down in the water.

They found Hartke's ATV, but he was not there.

Hartke had apparently been ice fishing with a friend, and both were using UTV Rangers on the ice, according to Montezuma Fire Incident Commander J.R. Shearer.

John Peak lives just off the lake, he says he heard screaming and yelling and knew something was wrong. 

"I came out and couldn't tell what was going on, it was too dark," said Peak. "I could see people running, but didn't know what was going on at that point." 

Montezuma, Grinnell and New Sharon fire departments immediately responded Saturday. The Johnson County Metro Dive Team arrived at 10 p.m. Saturday to search.

On Sunday, nearly 30 rescue workers from the area were on scene assisting the divers, including the Central Iowa Underwater Search and Rescue Team.

Ice on the lake where Hartke fell through was just two inches thick, according to officials, and was open water just two weeks prior.

As crews approached the 48th hour Monday and day turned into night, their a routine search of the area was called off.

"Part of the problem is the cold conditions of the water and everything," said David Arendt of Montezuma Fire and Abulance. "So the divers and the equipment can only be in the water for so long, so we're not giving up at this point."

Arendt says a number of crew members volunteered to stay overnight, in hopes of finding Hartke.

A dive team from Wisconsin even volunteered to come help search for Hartke.

Rescue crews plan to resume their official search efforts Tuesday morning.



A man riding an all-terrain vehicle on Lake Ponderosa when ice broke and he fell into the lake has not been found.

Divers and searchers have unsuccessfully tried to locate the man since he went into the icy water on the northeast side of the lake located near Montezuma around 6 p.m. Saturday.

A search went on until about 2 a.m. Sunday when it was called off because equipment kept freezing. The search continued Sunday afternoon but ended just after 6 p.m.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/JyxWjy ) reports efforts to find the man were suspended indefinitely because it became too dangerous for divers.

Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer says divers, plunging into 37-degree water, were unable to find the man whose name is expected to be released Monday.



Authorities in Poweshiek County called off their search Sunday evening for the body of a man who fell through ice on a lake.

The man fell through the ice on Lake Ponderosa around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dive teams searched for the man late into the night near the northeast side of the lake.

Two men were reportedly out ice fishing and were driving a 4-wheeler back to shore when the ice cracked.

One man made it out safely. No names have been released.

Authorities say they will wait for safer conditions before resuming the search.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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