LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Camdenton woman drowned on the Big Niangua arm Thursday evening.

Ruth M. Claussen, 87,  was discovered floating face down near the  dock she fell from after suffering an unknown medical issue.

Ruth M. Claussen, Facebook photo


Dr. Michael Jones pronounced Claussen deceased at the scene at approximately 6:25 p.m. and she was transported to Allee-Holman-Howe funeral home in Camdenton. Troopers responded at 5:46 according to the report.

The funeral home says arrangements for her memorial service are incomplete at this time but said she was born March 19, 1930.  Claussen’s Facebook profile says she was originally from West Liberty Iowa.

Troop I reports this  was the 5th drowning they have investigated this year.