Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release: Alex Murphy

Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety

December 28, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Webster County Death Ruled Homicide

WEBSTER COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, December 26, 2016, a deceased male was located in a field southwest of Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The body was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa where an autopsy was performed.  The preliminary examination identified the body as Donald Edward Preston, 51, of Fort Dodge, Iowa.  The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner determined manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting with the investigation.

Preston had not been reported missing and was last seen by family members on December 22nd in Fort Dodge.  The investigation is on-going and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Webster County Sherriff’s Office or Webster County Crime Stoppers information listed below.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling (515) 573-1444 (STOP), online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to Crimes (274637).

Previous Related Press Release: December 27, 2016

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

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