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June drowning ruled accidental

SOLON– The death of an Iowa City woman on Lake Macbride June 7 has been ruled accidental by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Makeda Scott and a co-worker spent the afternoon kayaking on Lake Macbride June 7.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the report stated, Scott and the co-worker re-boarded the kayak after spending time in the water. Shortly thereafter Scott lost her balance and fell into the water. She was not wearing a life jacket at the time. The co-worker threw a life jacket to Scott but she was not able to reach it. The co-worker also took down the kayak’s sail and made two attempts to maneuver the kayak around and save Scott. However, the attempts were unsuccessful and Scott disappeared underwater.
The co-worker called 911 at 5:31 p.m. and remained on the phone until met by law enforcement personnel, the release stated. Two fishermen were in the area at the time and heard the co-worker’s shouts for help. The fishermen assisted in searching for Scott and remained in the area until emergency personnel arrived.
A rescue operation commenced immediately and the sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Solon fire department, Mount Vernon Fire Department, North Liberty Fire Department and Swisher fire department. The search effort was suspended late in the evening, due to darkness, and resumed the following morning.
Scott’s body was recovered at 12:10 p.m. on June 8 in 14 feet of water, in close proximity to where she fell from the kayak.
The sheriff’s office immediately opened an investigation into the incident. Scott’s body was transported by the Johnson County Medical Examiner and an autopsy was conducted at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The pathologist determined the cause of death was drowning and the manner of death was accidental. The final autopsy and toxicology report was provided to the sheriff’s office on Aug. 4 and the investigation continued.
During the course of the investigation, detectives conducted interviews, collected evidence, and cell phones belonging to Scott and the co-worker, which were examined by a certified forensic computer examiner. The investigation did not show any evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the co-worker or anyone else. The Johnson County Attorney’s Office subsequently reviewed the case and determined criminal charges were not warranted.
As a result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office concurs with the findings of the autopsy and the death of Makeda Scott was accidental.