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Young Charles City woman’s body recovered from Cedar River near Nashua

Young Charles City woman's body recovered from Cedar River near Nashua
Howard’s Woods Recreation Area north of Nashua on the Cedar River, where the body of a young Charles City woman was recovered Tuesday evening. Google Maps
By Bob Fenske, Nashua Reporter Editor

The body of a young Charles City woman was found Tuesday evening in the Cedar River after she was reported missing at Howard’s Woods Recreation Area, a Chickasaw County park located just north of Nashua.

Chickasaw County Chief Deputy Reed Palo said the body of Mikala Titus, age 23, was recovered from the river just before 8 p.m.

“It was a long night, not so much search-wise, but it’s always tough when the search doesn’t end the way you want it to,” Palo said.

The Sheriff’s Office took a 911 call at 6:37 p.m., and the caller reported a missing person possibly in the water at the park.
Authorities rushed to the scene and a ground and water search was initiated, Palo said.

He said that no further information is being released because the death remains an open investigation, pending the final autopsy report from the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, where the body was sent.

Assisting the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office with the search, recovering, investigation and notifications were the Iowa State Patrol, Nashua Fire Department, Ionia Fire Department, Chickasaw County Rescue Squad, Chickasaw Ambulance Service, Chickasaw County first responders, Charles City Police Department and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.