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Iowa investigators seize powerboat

AUG. 23 - Investigators seized a boat believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on West Lake Okoboji in Iowa on Aug. 12 last week.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced Saturday that a boat found on the lake in northern Iowa had been seized Friday, and was being examined by investigators. Details, including where and how the boat was found, were not immediately released.

The seized boat is reportedly longer than 22 feet and has one black stripe, according to a news report. Witnesses had described it as a 22-foot-long white runabout with two red stripes about 6 inches wide and 1 foot apart. Officials say the boat in question generally matches the one they had been looking for.

“There are some things on that boat that we’re looking at very carefully,” Iowa DNR spokesperson Kevin Baskins says in the news report.

Michael J. Brosnahan, 51, of Perry, Iowa, was killed when a boat, believed to be the one that was seized, apparently crashed into the rear of the boat he was a passenger on, ran over it, then fled the scene. Brosnahan’s wife, Jill, who is 50, was severely injured and was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was said to be treated for broken ribs, a broken scapula and lacerations. The accident happened at about 2 a.m.

Several law enforcement agencies participated in the search and a $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to the boat. The case remains under investigation.

— Jason Fell