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Marshall County Authorities ask the public's assistance

October 23, 2008

Northern Marshall County - Sheriff's Office asks your assistance in locating the murder weapon used on October 17, 2008.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance from the public in the recovery of a weapon believed used in the murders of Jessica Deemer and Bryce Mercer. This incident occurred in northern Marshall County along Highway 14 during the late afternoon hours of Friday, October 17, 2008.

The victim's lives were taken through the use of a shotgun. The weapon involved is believed to have been discarded by the murder suspect after fleeing the scene. The suspect fled the scene, driving north on Highway 14, ultimately ending up in Eldora, Iowa shortly after the incident. The exact path he took is unknown at this time. The suspect, Kyle Deemer, eventually was located walking on-foot in southern Hamilton County near Highway 20 and Interstate 35.

We are hoping that with the farmers working the fields and the hunters that will out, this weapon may be found. We are asking that those of you, who are in the fields, ditches and waterways, this fall, will serve as extra eyes for our agency and help us look for the weapon in question. At this time, we are reserving a full description of the weapon other then that it is a shotgun.

Anyone in Marshall, Grundy, Hardin and Hamilton Counties who locates a shotgun is asked to contact law enforcement authorities. We ask that you be careful with the weapon and if possible leave it where found and have local law enforcement come to your location.

Sheriff Ted Kamatchus

About Marshall County Sheriff's Office
The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is lead 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:
Detective Wade Ruopp
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
Fax 641-754-6325

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