Around 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, Des Moines police were called about a stalled van with people inside in the flooded streets. As officers headed there, it was reported that the occupants had left the van, and that one person had been swept away.
Officers and rescue personnel from the Des Moines Fire Department immediately began a search of the area.
Around 12:39 a.m. on Sunday, first responders found Cotlar, 66, deceased, several blocks away from the original call.
Cotlar's biography on his website says his professional career began in 1974 and started doing talk radio in 1981. He was the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year. His "Cotlar and Company" show ran on KXNO 1460 AM from 2001 to 2009; he's also appeared on KBGG 1700 AM and KRNT 1350 AM.