Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release: Alex Murphy

Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety

October 26, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Benton County Homicide

On October 25, 2015 at approximately 11:51 AM, Benton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a nonresponsive female lying in the driveway of 3257 59th Street Trail Lot #4 Shellsburg, Iowa.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered a white female deceased from injuries sustained from suspected foul play.  The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of family members.

No additional information will be released at this time.

The aforementioned is a joint criminal investigation conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory-Crime Scene Team, Iowa State Patrol, Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Benton County Attorney’s Office.

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn at (563) 370-5109.

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

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