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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
August 24, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Clive Suspicious Death Investigation

Clive, IOWA -- On August 23, 2014, at 10:07am, Clive Police and EMS were dispatched to an unresponsive male lying on the ground on the south side of 7930 University Avenue adjacent to the Greenbelt Recreational Trail. Responding emergency personnel determined that the male was deceased. The first responding officers noted suspicious circumstances around the body and called in investigators.

The Clive Police Department requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to assist with the investigation.

The victim is identified as Zachary Michael Paulsen, age 21, of Clive. Paulsen was found near a business owned by his family. An autopsy will be performed by the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday, August 25, to determine the cause and manner of his death.

A joint investigative effort between the Clive Police Department and the DCI is ongoing.

Anyone with any information on the activities of Zachary Paulsen on August 22 to 23, or any other information in this case, is asked to contact the Clive Police Department at 515-278-1312 (business hours) or at 515-222-3321 (Westcom Dispatch 24/7).
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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