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

December 23, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Law Enforcement, State ME Identify Skeletal Remains in Mahaska County

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called to assist the Mahaska County Sheriff’s office with a death investigation.

On December 16, 2015, a call came in to the Mahaska County Sheriff’s office communications center.  A hunter called in that they had found skeletal remains north of Oskaloosa, Iowa along a set of railroad tracks.  The Mahaska County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene and located the skeletal remains.  The Mahaska County Sheriff’s office then secured the scene and then requested the assistance of the DCI.

The skeletal remains were then transported to the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa for an autopsy for identification and forensic examination.  The autopsy was performed on December 20, 2015 by Dr. Michele Catellier, MD.  The cause and manner of death have not been determined at this time.  Final autopsy results could take up to 6 to 8 weeks to be completed.

As a result of the autopsy and investigation, the body has been positively identified as Jeffrey Allen Versteegh, 34, of Oskaloosa, Iowa.  Versteegh had been reported missing to the Oskaloosa Police Department in July of 2015.

This is an ongoing investigation being worked jointly by the Mahaska County Sheriff’s office, the Oskaloosa Police Department, the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

No further information will be released at this time.

Media contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger, (515) 729-3706.

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

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