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

For immediate release:
Media Contact:
Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn
October 4, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa


Cause and Manner of Death Released
in DeWitt Investigation

DeWITT, Iowa --
On Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 9:44 AM, the DeWitt Police Department received a 911-call reference a suspicious death.  Law Enforcement went to 319 9th Avenue and upon arrival discovered a deceased female in the garage, later identified as Jessica Elizabeth Marie Vance (29).  The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation was called to assist with the investigation. 

On October 2, 2019, the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy.  The Medical Examiner determined the cause of Vance’s death was hanging and the manner of death, suicide


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state.  It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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