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 28, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Autopsy Results Released in Benton County Homicide

BENTON, COUNTY, Iowa -- On October 26, 2015, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny conducted an autopsy on the body of Sabrina Hustad.  Dr. Michele Catellier performed the autopsy and determined the cause of Hustad’s death to be multiple stab wounds with strangulation.  The manner of death has been ruled a homicide.  The investigation is ongoing as Special Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s office continue to run down leads.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, no additional facts relating to the death of Hustad will be released at this time.

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) 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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