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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Witness Snovelle Located in Kansas, Search for Missing Carroll Woman Continues

Coffey County, KANSAS --- Law enforcement officials in both Iowa and Kansas continue to search for 50 year old Dawn Allen, after wanted witness James Snovelle was located and subsequently took his own life, last night.

At approximately 6:00 PM last night, Monday, May 9, 2011 Kansas law enforcement officials located the vehicle of 54 year old James Snovelle in a wooded area in Coffey County, Kansas.  Snovelle was wanted as a witness to the disappearance of Allen.  During a search of the area, law enforcement located Snovelle.  Snovelle fled and a foot pursuit ensued.  While attempting to cross a creek, Snovelle again encountered law enforcement.  At that time, he retrieved a gun and shot and killed himself.

The search for Dawn Allen of Carroll, Iowa continues, as she has not yet been located.  Kansas authorities are currently working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Carroll Police Department to execute a search of the wooded area where Snovelle was located.

If you have any information that may relate to the disappearance of Dawn Allen, please contact the Carroll Police Department at 712-792-3536.

Members of the public and media will be updated when more information is available. The investigation is ongoing by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Carroll Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and Coffey County Kansas law enforcement.

Dawn Allen

Dawn Allen, 50 years old.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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