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For immediate release:  
May 22, 2018


Deaths Ruled as Apparent Murder/Suicide

-- Investigators have concluded their investigation and based on evidence collected at the GERLEMAN residence, interviews of Union Pacific Railroad employees, video footage from the Union Pacific engine and a multitude of a sundry interviews, the conclusion is GERLEMAN committed suicide and pulled her eight year old son into the path of the train, thus killing him as well.  Evidence at the impact site indicates GERLEMAN waited near the railroad tracks for the Union Pacific train to approach.  GERLEMAN and her son Henry can be seen on video crossing the tracks and as the train draws near, GERLEMAN returns to the center of the tracks and at the last moment pulls Henry into the path of the train. 

Media Contact:
S.A.C. Richard Rahn

Previous Press Release - 05/07/2018

Update:  Subjects Identified

The subjects involved in the Belle Plaine train/pedestrian accident have been identified as; Teresa Catherine GERLEMAN (age 36) and her son, Henry FIELDS (age 8) both of Belle Plaine, Iowa.  The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has scheduled the autopsies for the aforementioned on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  No additional information will be released pending the autopsy results.  



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