Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has confirmed the two people found dead at their rural Akron home are the mother and father of the man held as a material witness in their deaths. Van Otterloo says autopsies are planned on the bodies of 83-year-old Donald and 80-year-old Esther Neunaber.
The bodies were removed from their home Thursday evening at about 6:00 p.m. and transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to be performed today. Investigators are continuing to process the scene of the deaths and hope to complete that part of the investigation by late this afternoon.
Forty-four-year-old Jonathon Neunaber is the son of the dead couple and was sought as a material witness. Jonathon Neunaber was located by officers in La Crosse, Wisconsin, last evening. Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will travel to Wisconsin to continue their investigation in this case.
The Plymouth County Sheriff and Plymouth County Attorney’s office will be working on arrangements to have Jonathon Neunaber transported back to Plymouth County. Neunaber who is the chairman of the Plymouth County Democratic party, has not been charged with any crime.
(Reporting by Dennis Morrice, KLEM, Le Mars)