Eastern Iowa's Maquoketa Caves State Park To Reopen

Photo: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

(Undated) -- Maquoketa Caves State Park in eastern Iowa will reopen tomorrow (Thursday) for day-use. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says, however, the park's campground will remain closed until further notice. The D-N-R says campers with reservations thru this Sunday have been notified and refunded. The campground was the site of a deadly shooting last Friday morning. Tyler, Sarah, and Lula Schmidt of Cedar Falls were shot and killed in their tent. The suspected shooter was found dead nearby, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Division of Criminal Investigation continues to lead the investigation of the incident.  No motive has been announced for the suspected shooter, 23-year-old Anthony Sherwin of La Vista, Nebraska. Investigators say Sherwin had no criminal history before the attack, and the shooting appears to have been random.

A temporary memorial site will be located at the Maquoketa Caves State Park entrance sign near the Visitor Center.

Maquoketa Caves State Park will reopen for day use at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28.

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