Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: From the Office of:
Stephan K. Bayens

June 16, 2019


DPS Mourns the Deaths of Employee and Family

It is with deep sadness that the Iowa Department of Public Safety confirms the death of one of our employees. 

Chandrasekhar “Chandra” Sunkara was found deceased in his West Des Moines home Saturday morning along with his wife and two sons. 

Chandra was a civilian employee in the Technology Services Bureau (TSB), where he served as an IT professional. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Sunkaras.  Counseling services will be available on Monday for any employee needing assistance.

All inquiries regarding the investigation of this matter are referred to West Des Moines Police Department Public Information Officer Dan Wade.

Media Contact:
DCI Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt
(402) 650-7458



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