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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

DPS Releases Additional Information in I-80 Death Investigation

Jasper County, IOWA---Law enforcement continues to investigate the death of a woman found dead along I-80 early this morning; however her identity has been verified.  The deceased is 27 year old Ravinne Pearl Conard of Des Moines, Iowa.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny, Iowa to determine the cause of death for Ms. Conard.

On January 19, 2010 at approximately 5:30am, Iowa State Communications Center received a call from a motorist on US Interstate 80.  The motorist stated that there was a vehicle in the ditch at the 153 ½ mile marker, on the eastbound side, with the passenger side door open.

At approximately 5:45am, a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol arrived at the scene.  The Trooper discovered a deceased, white female outside the vehicle.  The Trooper immediately secured the scene and an investigation commenced. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s office, Iowa State Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation.  The investigation is ongoing.



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