Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper says the two girls, one 7 and the other 9, and one 7-year-old boy found Wednesday night in the Iowa River were family members. Authorities searched the river for more than three hours after they were separated from others who were swimming.
It happened in the central Iowa city of Marhalltown, about 50 miles northeast of Des Moines.
Tupper says drought has left the river shallow. There are places where it's only ankle deep, but other pockets of 12-plus feet of water.
Last month, another child drowned in the same river about two miles away.
More Nation & World Headlines
Al-Qaida captures leader of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels California cuts water use by 27 percent George McGovern revealed he had a secret child Pentagon OKs guns to protect stateside troops Man describes finding 777 part on Reunion Island Blue moon? Celestial event comes with a catch U.S. looking for lion-killing Minnesota dentist 3 hurt in emergency evacuation of Boeing MD-80
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.