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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, October 21, 2013

(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Law Enforcement Seeks Public's

Assistance With Fire Investigation

Law enforcement agencies in west central Iowa continue to investigate a fire in Woodbine, Iowa at the Everything Ellen Flower shop located at 413 Walker Street.  The fire occurred on Thursday, September 26, 2013 as a potential arson fire. The scene investigation revealed the fire was likely set to the west wall of the flower shop abutting the alley that runs north to south behind the building.

Investigators have obtained surveillance video from the alley showing a male subject walk up to the back of the building from the south at approximately 3:21 PM. After a short amount of time the subject turns around and walks back down the alley (to the south). The subject of unknown age appears to be a white male, approximately 5’7” to 6’0” tall, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, light colored baggy shorts that extend past their knees (possibly white basketball style short) with a dark stripe down the side, and dark colored shoes. The fire was reported to Harrison County 911 at approximately 3:29 PM.

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to identify this person. Investigators are also seeking the public’s help in providing copies of any video or photographs taken of the downtown area within an hour prior to the fire or within the first 30 minutes of the fire call. As with any fire, a reward is offered through the arson reward fund of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this or any other fire.

Anyone with information concerning the fire, or who has video or photos meeting the above requirements are asked to contact the Woodbine Police Department at 712/647-2345, the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 712/308-3977, or the Arson Hotline at 800/532-1459.  The Harrison County Sheriff is also assisting with this investigation. 



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