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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
April 11, 2014 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

AUTOPSY RESULTS FOR DEATH INVESTIGATION IN RURAL GUTHRIE COUNTY

Guthire Center, IOWA --- The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a burnt out vehicle on March 30, 2014.  Upon arriving at the scene, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body inside the vehicle.  The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office then requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, with the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the identification of the body which was discovered in the vehicle to be that of Bobby Joe Knapp.  An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Bobby Joe Knapp on March 31, 2014 by Dr. Julia Goodin.  Dr. Goodin determined the cause of death to be multiple cuts of the upper and lower extremities complicated by smoke and soot inhalation.  The manner of death will be certified as Suicide. 


The investigation was conducted by the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office.

For questions, contact the Department of Public Safety Public Information Office at (515) 725-6189.

 

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

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