Officials identify body found in Ida County


February 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a body found in a ditch near Ida Grove in northwest Iowa is that of an Odebolt man reported missing in early January. The Ida County sheriff’s office on Wednesday says an autopsy identified the man as 44-year-old Charles Bird. He was reported missing on Jan. 7. Bird was last seen leaving his house to search for his wallet. A county worker found his body on Feb. 9 near Arthur. Authorities don’t suspect foul play in Bird’s death.