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Additional on double homicide

October 18, 2008

Highway 14 north, in rural Marshall County - Addition information to the Media Release by Marshall County Sheriff's Office that was dated 10/18/2008: "Double Homicide in Marshall County"

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office would like to release the names of the individuals involved in the above listed incident on 10/17/2008:

Deceased located at scene along Highway 14;

  • Jessica Dawn Deemer - Age 24 of Waukee, Iowa
  • Bryce Lee Mercer - Age 24 of West Des Moines, Iowa

Suspect arrested on warrants from Marshall County and Charged with two(2) counts of Murder in the First Degree;

Kyle Gene Deemer - Age 27 of West Des Moines, Iowa Suspect is being held in Marshall County Jail.
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The Marshall County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would like to thank all those who contributed to and assisted in this investigation.

Autopsy's are being performed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office in Des Moines, Iowa. Any inquiries that pertain to the outcome of the Medical Examiner's investigation should be directed to that office or the Office of the Marshall County Attorney.

At this time, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office will issue no further statements or interviews to media outlets due to preparation for the prosecution of the suspect. Any inquiries should be routed to Marshall County Attorney, Jennifer Miller at 641/754-6314.

Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus
Marshall County Sheriff's Office


At appx. 17:30 hrs on 10/17/2008 the Marshall County Communications Center received a 911 call indicating that a possible motor vehicle accident had occurred in the 1300 mile of Sanford Ave(Hwy 14) in Marshall County. Subsequent 911 calls indicated that there were shots fired at the scene.

Deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office as well as the Green Mountain Fire Department and First Responders were dispatched to the location.

Upon arrival, the responding agencies discovered two (2) victims along side the roadway, as well as a car in the east ditch. Preliminary investigation indicated that a male and a female, in their 20's, had been shot and killed on scene. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene to work with investigators from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses stated that a suspect fled the scene northbound on Hwy 14 in a silver pickup truck. Deputies were able to determine a description and possible license number of the suspect vehicle. Surrounding law enforcement agencies were notified of the fleeing vehicle's description. Shortly after the notification was sent out, the Eldora Police Department located the suspect vehicle and a chase ensued. Several local, county and state officers joined in the pursuit with the chase ending in northwest Hardin County due to the vehicle leaving the roadway.

The immediate area surrounding the vehicle's location was secured and a search started. Later in the evening, the suspect was apprehended, by the Iowa State Patrol, without incident while he was on foot in southern Hamilton County.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with two(2) counts of Murder in the First Degree. At this time, the suspect is being held in the Marshall County Jail, without bond.

Names of the victims and the suspect are being with-held pending notification of their immediate families. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office anticipates submitting an updated News Release, with the names, later in the afternoon on 10/18/2008.

No other information will be available until released via placement on our website.

Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus

About Marshall County Sheriff's Office
The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is headed up by Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus. Sheriff Kamatchus is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
Fax 641-754-6325

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