UPDATE: Body recovered in irrigation pond

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


UPDATE: Press Release from Gage County Sheriff’s Office

On 08-25-16 at approximately 2057 hours, Clatonia Fire and Rescue, Cortland Fire and Rescue, Beatrice Fire and Rescue, Hallam Fire and Rescue, Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a possible drowning at an irrigation pond located in the vicinity of 9035 SW 72nd Road in Gage County.

The reporting party indicated that 68 year old Wayne Brinkmeyer of rural DeWitt, had not arrived for a scheduled dinner with friends, and that they were unable to contact Mr. Brinkmeyer by phone.

A family member was aware that earlier in the afternoon Mr. Brinkmeyer had been working on a pump at an irrigation pond located in the vicinity of 9035 SW 72nd Road. When the family member went to the pond, they found Mr. Brinkmeyer’s vehicle parked nearby, and observed a small boat used to work on the pump in the water, but were unable to locate Mr. Brinkmeyer.

At approximately 2218 hours, Mr. Brinkmeyer’s body was found in the pond by rescue personnel.

A cause of death has, as of yet, not been determined.  An autopsy has been scheduled

Next of kin have been notified.

Posted By: Fahima Paghmani



Lincoln Fire & Rescue Dive Team responded to a call after 9:00 Thursday night of a missing person near Clatonia.

When the LFR arrived the to the scene a body was recovered near an irrigation pond.

Clatonia fire officials tell us, the man’s wife last saw him around 4:00 PM.

He was working on a pipe which goes into the pond and connects to the irrigation equipment.

The investigation is underway.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue is responding to a water rescue in Gage County.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue says Clatonia and Cortland Fire are working on a water rescue at SW 72nd and W Cedar Road, just south east of Clatonia.

They say a person is missing and it is an active water rescue. They say the area of interest is a small pond type body of water.

LFR’s dive team has been deployed.

We have a crew on the way, we’ll update you as soon as possible.

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