A body found on a rural road in northwest Iowa has been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office. A motorist called 9-1-1 in Plymouth County Wednesday afternoon to report she’d seen someone lying on a gravel road near a vehicle about nine miles east of Hinton. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says deputies found the body of a male and a vehicle.

The rural area was searched by law enforcement and an Iowa State Patrol plane. Van Otterloo says his office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are concentrating on identifying the dead man and determining how he died.

By Joanne Glamm, KLEM, LeMars