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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
September 23, 2013
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Northwood Death Investigation - Update

Northwood, IOWA – On September 22, 2013, at about 11:30 pm, a Deputy with the Worth County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a possible domestic assault in progress at 208 4th Street North in Northwood, Iowa.  The Deputy responded to the residence where he heard a female yelling and screaming for help.  The Deputy entered the residence and discovered a male subject severely beating a female victim.  Additional Deputies arrived on scene and attempted to subdue the male subject and eventually were able to handcuff him.  While the suspect was handcuffed, he became unresponsive.  Efforts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

The female victim was life-flighted to Rochester, MN where she is being treated for stab wounds and blunt force injuries.  Initial indication is that the male and female were involved in a personal relationship.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has responded to the scene and is assisting with the death investigation.   An autopsy of the male subject will take place at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, Iowa.  Names of the deceased male and female victim are not being released at this time, pending family notification. 

Additional information will be forthcoming.


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identified the deceased in the Northwood incident as that of 39 year-old Michael Lee Zubrod of Charles City, Iowa.   An autopsy was conducted on Zubrod today at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and a full autopsy report and toxicology reports are pending.   The 48 year-old victim of yesterday’s incident remains in serious condition.  The investigation into this matter is ongoing.


Special Agent Mike Krapfl, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, 563-599-4239.
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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