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

January 27, 2017
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Emmet County

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa – On January 25, 2017, a Dickinson County Sheriff’s deputy observed a subject, later identified as Alexander Lee Graves, 19, of Kansas City, MO, driving a vehicle that had been previously reported as stolen out of Sac County, IA.  The deputy attempted to initiate a stop, but Graves fled in the vehicle.

The pursuit led into rural Emmet County at high speeds, where the deputy lost sight of the vehicle due to poor road conditions.  Graves drove off the road into a ditch and fled into a field.

Upon finding the abandoned vehicle, the deputy followed Graves’ tracks into the field where he found Graves, deceased, with a handgun beside him.

The body was transported to Ankeny, IA where an autopsy was performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. At this time, the manner of death is believed to be suicide.

The investigation is ongoing by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

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

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