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Missing 72-year-old Plattsmouth man found dead in Missouri River

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Sep 05, 2021

9/30/21 UPDATE

According to the Cass County Sheriff's Department (CCSD), John Zarkowski, 72, was located deceased last Wednesday after being missing since Sept. 4.

Zarkowski was located in his 2018 Chevy Tahoe in the Missouri River.

"The Sheriff's Office would like thank AWP, the dive teams from Omaha Fire Department and Yutan, The city of Plattsmouth, Plattsmouth Fire and Rescue, and Neff Towing out of Omaha in getting answers for John's family so they can start the healing process," said a press release from CCSD.


This afternoon the Cass County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) shared information about a 72-year-old man believed to be missing out of Plattsmouth.

The CCSO said John Zarkowski was last seen on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and he may have departed his residence early Saturday — possibly without his shoes, phone or wallet.

Searches for Zarkowski are ongoing and have been broadened as of Sunday.

He is described as:

  • 72 years of age,
  • A white male
  • 6'2
  • 230 lbs
  • Having gray hair
  • Blue eyes

The CCSO believes Zarkowski is driving a white 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe with Nebraska plate number 20T188.

If seen, contact the CCSO at (402) 296-9370.

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