Algona Police chief Curt Schipper identified the dead individual as 23-year-old Shane Lee Ballenger of Algona. Police believe Ballenger died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. However, Schipper says final cause of death is yet to be determined as they await results of a pathology test performed at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.
Classes at Algona High School were canceled today after the discovery of a body on the school campus early this morning. A 9-1-1 call shortly before 1:30 this morning tipped police off to suspicious activity at the high school.
Algona’s police chief says the body of a 23-year-old Algona man who had been a student at the school was found on school grounds. Authorities say foul play is not suspected and details of the case will likely be released this afternoon.
Reporting by Joe Hall-Reppen , KLGA, Algona