April 24, 2014

Mother ID’d as person found dead as NW IA officials tracked kidnap attempt

The body found in a residence near Early has been identified as the mother of the man arrested in connection with a kidnapping incident. 

Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure says the woman has been identified as 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt of Early. He says Schmitt is the mother of 21-year-old Kirk Levin and lived at the house where her body was found on Thursday morning. Law enforcement officials are awaiting autopsy results on Schmitt’s body.

Levin was arrested by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office on charges of kidnapping, assault while participating in a felony, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The charges were filed in connection with the reported kidnapping of a woman from her home in Storm Lake on Thursday morning. The woman was reportedly taken by Levin to his mother’s residence, about a half-mile from where she was found attempting to flee from a vehicle.

Authorities believe Schmitt had been dead for about two days. Until recently, Levin had been incarcerated in a state prison on a 2010 Sac County burglary conviction. Levin appeared in Sac County magistrate Court Friday morning where his bond was set at $200,000. He remains in the Sac County Jail.

(Reporting by Joel Hermann, KAYL, Storm Lake)