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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
January 26, 2015 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Four Arrested and Charged in Weekend Double Death Investigation in Osceola

Osceola, IOWA -- On Saturday, January 24, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Osceola Police Department received a report of two (2) persons who had gone missing during the evening hours on Friday, January 23, 2015.

After further investigation, the two missing persons were located in a vehicle at 1305 255th Avenue, Osceola, in rural northern Clarke County, deceased.  Initially, it appears that both victims died of gunshot wounds.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of the family.  Autopsies are being planned for Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, in Ankeny.

The following individuals have been charged in this case:

                Richard Ryan Lamb Carson, 38 years of age, from Osceola.
                Charged with 2 counts of 1st Degree Murder.

                Lynn Ranean Sutton, 47 years of age, from Osceola.
                Charged with 1 count of Accessory After the Fact.

                Tracy Kay Johnson, 43 years of age, from Osceola.
                Charged with 1 count of Accessory After the Fact.

                Christopher Martin Elben, 42 years of age, from Osceola.
                Charged with 1 count of Accessory After the Fact.

The investigation is on-going; however, it appears this is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.
The Osceola Police Department is being assisted by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Media Contact:        Marty Duffus, Chief of Police
                                Osceola Police Department
                                Osceola, Iowa

                                Bill Kerns, Sheriff
                                Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
                                Osceola, IA
  
                                Michael Motsinger, Special Agent in Charge
                                Iowa Department of Public Safety - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
                                Des Moines, IA

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


Richard Ryan Lamb Carson, 38, and Lynn Ranean Sutton, 47


Tracy Kay Johnson, 43, and Christopher Martin Elben, 42

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

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