Four Year Old Found in Pond

Mike Krapfl
Special Agent in Charge

October 29, 2022

FAIRBANK, Iowa - On October 28, 2022 at approximately 5:05 PM, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing four year old child. The child was reportedly last seen at approximately 3:45 PM in the front yard of his residence in the 1400 block of 145th Street Fairbank, IA.  Multiple agencies responded to assist with the search.  An extensive search was conducted of the residence, curtilage, surrounding fields, ditches, structures and ponds.  At approximately 11:40 PM, the child was found deceased in a neighboring pond.  

The investigation is ongoing however no foul play is suspected.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner.  

As previously mentioned, this is multi-agency investigation conducted by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Independence Police Buchanan Department Emergency Management Office, Hazelton Fire Department, Fairbank Fire Department, Jessup Fire Department, Independence Fire Department and Rowley Fire Department.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.