Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

ISP Logo

For immediate release:
Media Contact:
August 6, 2019
Special Agent in Charge Adam DeCamp
  (515) 250-4912

Body of Adult Female Discovered in South Skunk River, Authorities Seek Information in Missing Person Investigation

On August 6, 2019, shortly after 3:00 p.m., members of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office discovered the body of an adult female in the South Skunk River near the Glendale Access. The circumstances that lead to the female entering the river and the cause of her death are under investigation by the Oskaloosa Police Department, the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. The identity of the female is not known at this time. An autopsy, which is schedule to be performed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner, will help to identify the female found in the river.

Law enforcement is aware that on the morning of August 5, 24 year-old Ashley Shafer was reported missing to the Oskaloosa Police Department. The investigation into Ms. Shafer’s disappearance and current location are part of an active missing person investigation.  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Shafer or with information on the body found in the South Skunk River is asked to call the Mahaska County Communications Center at (641) 672-2557.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.



                                                                            Facebook        Twitter

To enroll in the DPS E-mail Notification system simply log on to and follow the instructions to enroll as a new user.