- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he wants an update on the investigation into a 2014 drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat in the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Iowa senator says in a letter Wednesday to a special prosecutor in Missouri that he wants the current status of the investigation into Brandon Ellingson’s May 2014 death. Grassley says he wants to know a timetable for determining whether any criminal charges will be filed.

The 20-year-old Ellingson, of suburban Des Moines, was handcuffed and in the custody of a state trooper when he fell from the boat and drowned.

Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, forwarded the letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He says he wants an update on his inquiry by October.

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