UPDATE: Missing 59-year-old West Des Moines man located


Rodney Cheney


The 59-year-old West Des Moines man who went missing Tuesday morning has been located.

West Des Moines police said Rodney Cheney was found by citizens along the bank of the Raccoon River at the western edge of the city limits around 6:15 p.m.

“Cheney was extricated from the bank by West Des Moines Fire and EMS.  He has been taken to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries,” West Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Heintz said in a news release.

Police did not release any additional information about the incident.


The West Des Moines Police Department is asking for the community’s help in their search for a missing 59-year-old man.

Witnesses last saw Rodney Cheney walking on foot from his disabled motor vehicle at the intersection of South Grand Prairie Parkway and Raccoon River Drive in West Des Moines on Tuesday, June 15 at 7:45 a.m.

Authorities are concerned for his welfare due to medical issues he has and because of the hot weather conditions.

Cheney is 6’1, 200 pounds, bald and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray shirt with red lettering.

Officials searched the area where Cheney was last seen but did not find him.

Anyone with information about Cheney’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Westcom Dispatch Center at 515-222-3321. 

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