Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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July 17, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa


Monona County Deceased Person Investigation

CASTANA, Iowa -- On June 26, 2018, co-workers of Cheryl Stowe contacted the Monona County Sheriff’s Office and requested that a welfare check be conducted at Cheryl Stowe’s residence because she did not show up for work that day.  Monona County Deputies and Iowa State Troopers responded to the rural address of 13797 Oak Avenue, which lies between the towns of Ticonic and Castana, in North Central Monona County.  Deputies and Troopers were not able to locate Cheryl Stowe at her residence.

On June 27, 2018 Monona County Deputies and Officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Recourses located a deceased body approximately 1.5 miles from Cheryl Stowe’s residence. The body was transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for a forensic autopsy.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the body as 66 year-old Cheryl Stowe. 

This is an ongoing joint criminal investigation by the Monona County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office, the Monona County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Several agencies also provided assistance and support during the initial investigation to include the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Mapleton Police Department, and Whiting Police Department. Investigators do not believe there is any present danger to the public.  No other details will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Monona County Sheriff’s Office at 712-423-2525, or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 712-322-1585.

Media point of contact is DCI Special Agent in Charge Darrell Simmons (712)-322-1585


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