Wyaconda man finds wife of 72 years dead after apparent drowning in pond outside home

Posted: May. 16, 2013 2:13 pm Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 3:15 pm


WYACONDA, Mo. -- A 92-year-old Wyaconda woman died outside her home Wednesday afternoon when she apparently drowned after falling into a small pond.

Hazel R. Martin was pronounced dead just after noon Wednesday, according to Clark County Sheriff Paul Gaudette. Gaudette said Martin had taken a pail to get water for plants to a small pond on her family's property just outside of Wyaconda.

"She fell head-first into the pond after she bent over to get some water," Gaudette said. "She couldn't get herself out."

Gaudette said Martin's husband, George, tried to save his wife. Gaudette said the Martins had been married for 72 years. Gaudette said a neighbor tried to help revive Hazel Martin by using CPR, but was unsuccessful.

Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka is handling arrangements.