Authorities identify woman who died of drowning
by Maunette Loeks, Scotts Bluff Star Herald
Oct 11, 2021
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman has identified a woman who died last week as the result of a drowning in the North Platte River. The woman has been identified as Linda D. Schledewitz, 65, of Scottsbluff. A complete obituary is in Tuesday’s Star-Herald and on starherald.com
Overman also clarified that the woman and her husband, Jerry Schledewitz, had been kayaking down the North Platte River at the time of her death, not using a canoe. Initial reports by law enforcement were that the couple had been canoeing down the river. The kayak reportedly overturned at a check dam. Multiple agencies responded after the woman’s husband reported the drowning.
Responding agencies were the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Scottsbluff Rural Fire Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, City of Scottsbluff Fire Department, Valley Ambulance, and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities investigating woman's drowning
Star-Herald (Scotts Bluff, NE) Staff Report
Oct 8, 2021
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman on the North Platte River near the City of Scottsbluff wastewater treatment facility east of Scottsbluff. Initial reports indicated that the woman and her husband were canoeing on the river, and the canoe overturned at a check dam, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman said in a press release.
The drowning was reported shortly after 2 p.m. by the woman’s husband. According to scanner traffic, the man initially struggled to reach his wife in the water. Once he did, he attempted to administer CPR. As of press time, the woman had not been identified, pending notification of kin. Overman said the man suffered minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital for treatment.
Nebraska Game and Parks and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation, he said. An autopsy is planned. Responding agencies include the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Scottsbluff Rural Fire Department, Scottsbluff Police Department, City of Scottsbluff Fire Department, Valley Ambulance, and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.