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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

Friday, November 1, 2013 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

State Patrol Arrests
Georgia Homicide Suspect

Council Bluffs, IOWA --- On October 31, 2013, at approximately 4:38 p.m., Iowa State Patrol communications was contacted by the Hapeville Police Department, Georgia. Information was received that Courtni Thomas, who was wanted for homicide in the death of a 23 year-old female, was possibly crossing the Missouri/Iowa border on Interstate 29.

Just before 5:00 p.m., Troopers observed the suspect vehicle on Interstate 29 northbound at the 39 mile marker in Mills County.  At 5:01 p.m., within 24 hours after the incident, Iowa Troopers initiated a felony traffic stop and Courtni Thomas was taken into custody.  He was transported to Mills County Jail and is waiting to be extradited back to Georgia to face 1st degree murder charges.

Any further questions, please contact Sergeant Scott Bright at (515) 745-2863.



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