Authorities in northwestern Iowa’s Sac County say a woman’s body was discovered Thursday during an investigation into a separate report of kidnapping and sexual assault. Officials say the unidentified woman’s death was being treated as suspicious in nature.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification family.
It’s not clear if the body is that of 50-year old Dawn Allen, a Carroll resident who went missing in May, 2011. A man police wanted to question in connection with her disappearance later committed suicide in Kansas, as authorities closed-in on him later that same month.
The incident which led to the discovery of the body began with an alleged kidnapping report Thursday morning, near Early. Twenty-one-year old Kirk Riley Levin was found hiding in a barn near where the alleged victim broke free from the vehicle she was being held captive in.
Levin was taken into custody without incident. The woman told authorities Levin asked her for a ride when he showed up at her Storm Lake home at around 6:30 A.M. Thursday. Levin was being held in the Sac County jail on felony kidnapping and assault charges.
His bond was set at $20,000. Both the alleged kidnapping and the death, remain under investigation.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic