Iowa hunter's death investigation UPDATE


(Des Moines, Iowa)   The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued an update on the investigation into the death of a Cedar Falls man, whose body was found last weekend in rural Appanoose County.

Authorities say they've done several interviews, and have sent evidence to the state's crime lab.   Officials say the immediate threat to the public has subsided, but they're asking those taking part in the first shot-gun deer season is this Saturday, to report anything they see that looks unusual, not to touch items but contact law enforcement.   

Agencies are also reminding the public to always be alert of their surroundings and to use civility, respect and sportsmanship with fellow hunters and landowners.The body of 31-year-old Curtis Ross was found last weekend on public hunting land near Lake Rathbun.

(original story) 

Authorities are investigating the death of a deer hunter in southern Iowa as a homicide.   The body of 31-year-old Curtis Ross of Cedar Falls, was found in remote area of rural Appanoose County Saturday, in the public hunting land near Lake Rathbun, at 115th Avenue near Sandy Branch.   Ross has been reported missing before the body was found.   The body has been taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities say the suspect(s) are still at large, and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Law enforcement agencies are asking for the public to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local law enforcement entity.

The case is currently under investigation by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Appanoose County Attorney, Appanoose County Medical Examiner’s office, Office of State Medical Examiner and the Wayne County Sheriff’s office.

 If you have any information on the case you are asked to contact the Appanoose County Law Enforcement Center at (641) 437-7

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