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For immediate release:  
April 7, 2018  

DCI Assisting With Sheldon Death Investigation

-- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Sheldon Police Department. The DCI is assisting with this investigation.


416 9TH STREET, P.O. BOX 276
Telephone  712 324-2525
   FAX 712 324-2528




On 04-07-18 at 2:36 AM, the Sheldon Police Department was dispatched to the 1100 block of South 3rd Avenue for a male subject who was in the middle of the street.  Upon officers’ arrival, they found an unresponsive male and began life-saving measures, but those attempts were unsuccessful.  The male, who was later identified as Joshua Andrew Rook, age 32, from Sheldon, was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Hospital by the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team where he was pronounced dead. 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted and responded to assist the Sheldon Police Department in the investigation of Mr. Rook’s death.  An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s office on a future date.  The investigation into this incident is ongoing and law enforcement has no reason to believe that the public is in any danger.  More information will be released as information becomes available. 

The Sheldon Police Department was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, the Sheldon Fire Department, and the O’Brien County Attorney’s office. 





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