UPDATE 9/22/2022: Bones found in the Iowa River have been identified as prehistoric by the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office along with the local Medical Examiner investigating the August 10, 2022 discovery, and turned the remains over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further testing.
According to a release from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department:
“…the mandible was confirmed as human with no modern medical significance. The remaining bones were determined non-human.
The mandible was transferred to the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa for further examination. The mandible was determined likely to belong to a prehistoric Native American, middle to older age male. Additional historical research is expected.”
According to the state’s new missing person website, there are over 300 missing people in Iowa, including a woman reported missing from nearby Marshalltown in 2001. The woman’s purse and identification were found on the banks of the Iowa River in 2002. An extensive search of several miles of the river yielded no additional findings.
“With the lack of rainfall over the last several weeks this has created low water levels in the Iowa River uncovering many river characteristics that are continually changing and normally under water,” the initial release stated. “If confirmed human, additional forensic testing for DNA will be completed to identify sex, age, and other attributes of the person it belonged to continue the investigation.”
If you have information about Jodi’s case, you can reach the Mason City Police Department at (641) 421-3636. Or you can share information with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at (515) 725-6010 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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