The body of a boat passenger missing since Sunday has been recovered downstream from Hamburg

Written by Theresa Rose on August 24, 2016

HAMBURG – The body of a boater who has been missing since Sunday afternoon was recovered in the Missouri River downstream from Hamburg on Wednesday.

Jason Grayson, 42, of Elliot, had been missing after the boat he was a passenger on capsized and was swept under a barge moored to the bank downstream from the Hamburg Mitchell Access Landing. Grayson’s body was found in the Missouri River just south of the Iowa-Missouri border.

Johnnie Fields, 47, of Shenandoah, was the operator of the boat and was able to swim under the barge where he was rescued from the shore by witnesses on the scene.

Fields and Grayson had just launched the 16-foot aluminum, v-bottomed fishing boat on Sunday afternoon when the boat motor stalled. The current of the river pulled the boat approximately 120-yards downstream and under the moored barge. The boat was recovered Tuesday evening.

The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.