An arrest has been made in connection with Tuesday’s discovery of a body on Interstate 29 in western Iowa’s Monona County.
Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation say 31-year-old Jermaine Jerome Finley faces several charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal accident and making a false report to law enforcement.
The body of 46-year-old John Charles Wakefield was found about four miles north of Whiting on northbound I-29 at around 1:45 AM Tuesday. Witnesses said Wakefield had been hit by a semi that was unable to swerve or slow to miss him.
An investigation revealed Wakefield had been traveling with Finely, when Wakefield requested they take a short stop on the side of the road. When Wakefield was hit by the semi, Finely fled the scene. He is currently being held in the Woodbury County Jail.
Authorities are asking anyone who might have information concerning the incident, to contact the Monona County Sheriff’s Office at 800-859-1414, or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 712-252-0507.