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Body of missing Mason City boater Adam VanSyoc recovered
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Body of missing Mason City boater Adam VanSyoc recovered

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Nearly a month after a Mason City man went missing on a fishing trip in Worth County, his body has been recovered.

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A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday, April 5, at Kingfisher Hollow in rural Cerro Gordo County for missing boater Adam VanSyoc, who fell from a fishing boat into the Winnebago River near Fertile on March 27.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that the body 43-year-old Adam VanSyoc was found by the department in the Winnebago River shortly after noon Saturday near the area in which he went missing.

An extensive recovery effort had been ongoing since the afternoon of Friday, March 27, when the fishing boat VanSyoc was in struck a wayward cable, pushing VanSyoc into the water near the intersection of 342nd Street and Grouse Avenue in rural Worth County.

Worth County boating accident

The Winnebago River bend is seen near the intersection of 342nd Street and Grouse Avenue in rural Worth County.

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A second man on the boat was not injured.

Area law enforcement agencies used an array of search equipment and techniques, and volunteers were on hand nearly daily during the four-week search for VanSyoc. However, inclement weather and unfavorable water conditions had been a detriment to those efforts.

Worth County boating accident

Worth County Sheriff's deputies huddle at the scene where a missing boater entered the water Friday near 342nd Street and Grouse Avenue in rural Worth County.

According to the statement, the incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the State Medical Examiner.  

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Lisa Grouette is a Photographer + Breaking News Reporter for the Globe Gazette. Contact Lisa at 641-421-0525 or lisa.grouette@globegazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaGrouette

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