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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, September 13, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Bones Discovered in Dow City
Provide No Investigative Significance

Dow City, IOWA --- On May 16, 2011, two bags of bones were located inside an old warehouse in Dow City, Iowa.  Law enforcement authorities were called to examine the bones and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  The DCI also solicited the assistance of the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for help in examination of these bones.

The bones were examined in Ankeny at the SME’s lab and further sent to out-of-state forensic archeologists. They were able to determine that the bones were from two different individuals, specifically a male and a female.  It was estimated that the bones were from at least 75 to 100 years old and therefore have no criminal investigative significance because of the length of time that these two individuals have been deceased. 

The bones were also sent to the Center for Human Identification for DNA molecular identification.  Once that is completed, the DNA profiles will be uploaded to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Missing Persons DNA Database.

Media Contact:  Special Agent in Charge Mitch Mortvedt 402.650.7458


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

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