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For immediate release:  
June 28, 2018  

Monona County Deceased Person Investigation

CASTANA, Iowa -- On June 26, 2017, the Monona County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check on Cheryl Stowe (age 66) of rural Castana.  Deputies conducted a welfare check and ultimately made contact with a Stowe’s grandson, Eliot Stowe; however Cheryl Stowe was not located at her residence.  Eliot Stowe was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for an unrelated matter.

On June 27, 2017, Deputies from the Monona County Sheriff’s and the DNR located a deceased body a short distance from Stowe’s residence.  The body will be transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  The investigation is ongoing by the Monona County Sheriff’s Office and are being assisted by the Monona County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DNR, Mapleton PD and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  No other details will be released at this time.

Media Point of contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Darrell Simmons (Office: 712-322-1585)

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

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