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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
November 4, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Autopsy Findings Final in Death of 5 year-old Dominic Elkins

Logan, Iowa – The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has released its findings in the death of 5 ½ year old Dominic Elkins.  The medical examiner determined that Elkins’ cause of death was blunt force head injuries and drowning.  His death has been ruled a homicide.

On August 31, 2013, Dominic Elkins was found deceased in a ravine in rural Harrison County by the foster family that he had been living with for approximately two weeks.  17-year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen, also a member of the same foster family, has been charged with first-degree murder.

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

Media contact:  SAC 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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