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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
April 25, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Tipton Death Investigation

Tipton, IOWA -- On Sunday, March 16, 2014, at approximately 10:51 A.M., 15 year-old Keifla Thomas Robinson was found deceased in his residence at 507 East 5th Street, Tipton, Iowa, by his family members.  Initial visual assessment of the body revealed no external injuries.  Family members reported that Robinson had been suffering from flu like symptoms and had missed school for a week prior to his death.

An autopsy was performed on the body of Robinson at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny on March 17, 2014 by Dr. Jonathan Thompson.  On April 25, 2014, Dr. Thompson published a final autopsy report in this case, which listed the cause of death to be acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis due to a probable viral infection and the manner of death is certified as Natural.  

A joint investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Tipton Police Department and autopsy results confirmed no foul play was involved in this case. 

For any questions, please contact Chief Heath Holub, Tipton Police Department at (563) 886-2424.                 


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

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