Dive team members from the Southwest Iowa Dive Team were on scene Friday morning, May 18, doing their best to locate a missing boat occupant that fell into the water at Lake Panorama in Panora on Thursday evening. The body of 22-year-old Kenton Greaves, a student-athlete at Grandview University in Des Moines and from Brooklyn, New York, was recovered from the water on May 19 at 2:12 p.m.

Body of 22-year-old recovered in Lake Panorama Saturday

Dive team members recovered the body of 22-year-old Kenton Greaves from Lake Panorama on Saturday afternoon. 

Greaves, a native of New York, and a student-athlete at Grand View University in Des Moines, fell into the water while boating with friends on Thursday afternoon, according to a press release from the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office. 

Dive teams searched for him using sonar-equipped boats until 2 a.m. Friday and resumed their search and recovery Saturday at 7 a.m. He was pulled from the water at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. 

“A sonar diving team from the Quad Cities, that thing is a story in itself,” said Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright, of the non-profit organization that values providing closure for families. 

Arganbright said the Quad Cities team and the Story County dive team, together were able to locate the body within an hour in the lake’s main basin, which is one of the deepest parts on the lake, ranging from 25 to 40 feet deep in spots. 

“The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has equipment, but we went all of Thursday, Friday and until Saturday, and when we got that other equipment that could show images down at the bottom, is really how we were able to get that done,” Arganbright said. 

Monday morning, Arganbright was planning to meet with the Greaves family, who flew in from Brooklyn, New York. They are staying at Clover Ridge Resort in Panora.  

“The LPA (Lake Panorama Association) is doing whatever they can to accommodate them,” Arganbright said.  

The Sheriff said he talked to Greaves’ parents initially and is also in touch with the victim’s cousin, who is married to a New York police officer. 

“That’s who I have been going to and she’s here now, and is real level-headed,” Arganbright said. 

Those who were with Greaves on the boat, including students who attend Iowa State University, Des Moines Area Community College and Grand View, have returned home, according to the Sheriff. 

“We’re going to continue to investigate,” Arganbright said. “It’s just beginning.” 

The Sheriff said the local support they received through the search and recovery was top-notch. 

“It’s always there,” he said. “The LPA provided food and lodging, the Panora Fire Department and EMS were both there the whole time and the Emergency Management team was there the whole time. I never expect anything different in Guthrie County with the way everyone helps.” 

Arganbright said community members have dropped cards off for the family. Churches have given donations to the family and all the chaplains have been around. 

“Everybody at the lake was very respectful,” Arganbright added. “Unfortunately we’ll have to continue to investigate so we can make it all done right.” 

John Rutledge, Lake Panorama Association General Manager, said the Lake Panorama community extends their prayers and sympathies to the family and friends of Kenton Greaves at this very difficult time. 

“Words will never be able to fully express Lake Panorama’s gratitude to everyone who helped in the search and recovery effort,” Rutledge said. 

With Memorial Weekend close, Arganbright said he encourages everyone to be safe on the water. 

“I wish, and I’ve said it and said it, but I wish people would wear their life jackets,” he said. “I know it’s not cool, I know it’s hot, but you never know what’s going to happen on a boat. However safe you are, another boat could hit you, throw you off, you could lose your balance and fall off. That’s all it takes to keep someone above water is a floating device.” 

Arganbright said life jackets on the boat aren’t enough. 

“They can be in the boat, but guess what if you end up in the water, you are not going to have your life jacket,” he said. 

Arganbright said he had to call the victim’s parents in Brooklyn, New York that night, a call nobody wants to make. 

“They are the ones we think about,” he said. “That family and their loss. If you think of your own family, it puts it all in perspective.” 

 

 

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