October 18, 2008
1.5 miles south of Hwy 96 on Hwy 14 - Man and woman in their 20's are found shot to death along Hwy 14 in rural Marshall County
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.
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Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus
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