KOSSUTH COUNTY – A Northern Iowa man reported missing by family was found in a deep ditch after a motorcycle accident.
On July 2 at about 10:36 AM, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person wanting assistance in locating a family member while attending the ABATE Freedom Rally. Daniel Dahl, age 39 of Rutland, Iowa, was last seen about 11:30 PM the night before at ABATE. Sheriff’s deputies asked ABATE security to assist in looking for Mr. Dahl and/or his motorcycle within the ABATE grounds. After a few hours of attempting to locate Mr. Dahl, the decision was made to have a Communications Officer (dispatch) contact the cell phone provider and “ping” the location of his phone. When this process was completed, the ping located the phone near Livermore, Iowa. Officers from the Humboldt County and Kossuth County Sheriff’s Offices searched the area in and around Livermore. A Kossuth County deputy located Daniel Dahl and his wrecked motorcycle in a deep ditch just outside of Livermore. Humboldt County EMS transported him to the Humboldt County Hospital, where he was life flighted to Des Moines with several fractures and internal injuries due to a motorcycle accident.
The Iowa State Patrol investigated the accident, which is believed to have occurred sometime overnight or in the early morning of July 2. Mr. Dahl’s family updated the Sheriff’s Office on July 4th that although he has life threatening injuries, he is expected to survive.
The relentless effort of the Communications Officer and deputies from the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, tracking the location of the phone, was vital in locating Mr. Dahl within hours of being reported missing.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County EMS, ABATE Security, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted in this case.