Hunters looking for mushrooms in Black Hawk County found a man’s decomposing body instead. The discovery was made Sunday afternoon along a gravel road on private property in a rural area east of Evansdale.
Investigators say the body is that of 55-year-old Paul Lovegren of Mission Hills, Kansas, who’s been missing since August. The state medical examiner confirmed the identity on Monday.
The autopsy also revealed that Lovegren died from head trauma, but the manner of death remains under investigation. Lovegren, a former Cedar Falls resident, told his wife last August that he was going to the Cedar Valley to visit relatives. Eleven days later, his daughter reported him missing. At this time, sheriff’s officials are not expecting foul play.