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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, January 13, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Vehicle Found, Alleged Suspect Believed Dead

Mt. Ayr, IOWA – This evening, 40 year old Robert Taylor's vehicle was located at the eight mile marker on the side of the road along I-29, northbound.  A subject matching the description of Taylor is deceased due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. However, positive identification won't be made until the autopsy is completed by the State MedicalbExamuner's Office.

This morning at approximately 2:06am, the Ringgold County Communications Center received a 911 call from 2339 – 280th Street in Mt. Ayr.  A juvenile inside the home called and reported a domestic altercation between Robert Taylor, 40, and Lori Yeager, 45.  The responding deputies found Lori Yeager dead inside the home; the victim of an apparent homicide. Robert Taylor was not located at the home.

Since law enforcement discovered Yeager dead this morning, they have been actively searching for Robert Taylor.  An active arrest warrant had been issued for Taylor on the charge of Murder in the First Degree.  Taylor was last seen driving a copper (burnt orange) 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty truck with Iowa license 981 RZD. 

Robert Taylor, 40 yrs.

Robert Taylor, 40 yrs.

Suspect Truck

2008 Ford F350 Pickup

Color: Copper/Burnt Orange

The case is being investigated by the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Additional assistance was provided by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, the Lamoni Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and any suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

For questions contact:  SAC Mike Motsinger at (515) 729-3706


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

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