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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
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Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Emmet County

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa -- The Emmet County Sheriff's Office located the body of Thomas Lee Bortvit, 19, of Estherville, in rural Emmet County, late in the afternoon on June 7, 2015. Bortvit had been reported missing by his family on June 6, 2015, and an investigation into his appearance had been initiated. The investigation is now a multi-jurisdictional effort involving the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

More information will be released when it becomes available. This is an on-going investigation.

Media Contact: Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), (515) 443-3014.

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

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