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

February 23, 2017
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Sumner

SUMNER, Iowa -- On February 22, 2017, at 7:57 am, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from 17486 T Avenue in Sumner, Iowa on the report of an unresponsive male lying at the end of the driveway of the residence.  The Sheriff’s Office and EMS personnel responded, located the male, and determined that he was deceased.  The deceased was identified as the owner of the residence, Josh Brayton, 39.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to assist with the investigation.

On February 23, 2017, an autopsy was conducted by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa and determined that Brayton died of a gunshot wound.
The investigation into Brayton’s death is on-going.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding this incident or who may have passed the area of 17486 T Avenue on the early morning hours of February 22nd, 2017 to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 422-6067.

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

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