Centerville Man Dead After Likely Drowning


A Centerville man was found near a rural pond in Appanoose County, where he possibly drowned.

Saturday afternoon, 54 year-old John E. Baugher was discovered face down in a rural pond located at a residence in Centerville. Bystanders performed CPR on Baugher as emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Authorties say the preliminary investigation divulged that Baugher had been drinking alcohol and got into the pond.

Baugher’s body was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville where he was pronounced dead. Baugher will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny. An autopsy will be performed in order to determine cause and manner of death.

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