Saturday, July 19
Jess Lansaw age 21of Greenfield, IL., drown while he was tubing with friends on the Meramec River near the Meramec Caverns. Lansaw was in the water holding on to the tube when he pushed away and began swimming. He went under the water and resurfaced a couple of times before disappearing. He was not showing any signs of struggling. His body was recovered by Divers, Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, July 20
Becky Drew, age 28 of Excelsior Springs, Mo., drown at the Watkins Mill State Park where she was found by another swimmer at the swim beach. Witnesses and Park Rangers attempted CPR, but the victim could not be revived.
Monday, July 21
Eli Stiens, age 19 of Skidmore, Mo.,drown on the Nodaway while he was camping with friends on a sandbar. Stiens decided to go for a swim and was approx. 25 ft. from the sandbar when he started experiencing trouble. His friends attempted to rescue him, but he kept pulling them under and they had to let go. Stiens disappeared and did not resurface. The victim was recovered by Andrew County Fire Department. He would have turned 20 next Wednesday, July 30th.