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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, October 25, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Cause of Death Determined in Odgen Murder Case

Ogden, IOWA --- The State Medical Examiner's Office has completed an autopsy on Jaclyn Powell. In its findings the medical examiner determined Powell died of asphyxiation due to strangulation. The manner of death is being classified as homicide.

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office communications center received a 911 call.  The 911 call was placed by 28 year old Josh Andrew Powell. He stated that his wife was deceased inside the home located at 101 West Cherry Street in Ogden.  The Ogden Police department responded and found Josh Powell waiting outside the residence upon their arrival.  Ogden Police entered the residence and found 25 year old Jaclyn Powell deceased.

Joshua Powell

Court records show Josh Powell admitted he and his wife had an altercation on October 20, 2012, inside the residence.  Powell said that during the fight, he intentionally struck Jaclyn Powell resulting in her death.  Joshua Powell stated that he checked Jaclyn Powell’s pulse and she did not have one. 

Complaint & Affidavit

Powell was transported to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office where he was subsequently arrested on a charge of Murder in the First degree. Powell is currently being held in the Boone County Jail on $2 million bond. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Ogden Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

SAC Michael Motsinger of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will be the media contact.  He can be reached at 515-323-4360.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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

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