Authorities seek missing Ottumwa woman

The lifeless body of Helen Elizabeth Showalter, 60, of Ottumwa was found Sunday in the Des Moines River.

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A missing woman last seen near a park in rural Wapello County is sought by law enforcement Sunday, according to a statement issued by the Ottumwa Police Department.

The public’s help is sought in finding Helen Elizabeth Showalter, 60, of 333 Evergreen St., Ottumwa. Showalter has brown hair, brown eyes, stands 5’2” tall and weighs about 115 pounds, according to the statement.

Preliminary information reported to police indicates that Showalter walked away from a vehicle near the Garrison Rock Park in rural Wapello County. Her family made authorities aware of her disappearance Saturday, July 31.

Showalter has preexisting medical conditions, and does not have any of her medications with her, according to police.

Due to the nature of the investigation, the Ottumwa Police Department is being assisted by the Wapello County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Anyone with information about Showalter’s whereabouts is asked to call the Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661.




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