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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
January 11, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Arrest Made in Davis County Death Investigation

DAVIS COUNTY, Iowa – On January 11, 2016, Michael Thomas Goodwin Jr., 16, was charged with 1st Degree Murder, a Class “A” felony, in the death of his father, Michael Thomas Goodwin Sr., 39.

On December 13, 2015, a call came in to the Davis County Sheriff’s office requesting a welfare check on an individual.  The Davis County Sheriff’s office responded to a residence located at 12795 Highway 63 in rural Davis County.  Upon entering the residence, Davis County Deputies located the body of Michael Thomas Goodwin Sr. 

This is an ongoing investigation being worked jointly by the Davis County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) with assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM), the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office and the Ottumwa Police Department.  If anyone has any information in regards to this death investigation, please contact the Davis County Sheriff’s office at (641) 664-2385.

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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