Brandon Ellingson

Brandon Ellingson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is asking for an update on the death of an Iowan from the special prosecutor in Missouri.

Grassley says he’s sent a letter to Salem, Missouri City Attorney William Seay seeking information into the investigation of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of Clive. Elingson drowned when he fell out of a Missouri State Patrol boat while handcuffed on the Lake of the Ozarks on May 31st of 2014.

Grassley, a Republican and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case for violations of federal civil or criminal laws.

In his letter to the Missouri prosecutor, Grassley mentions the questions of whether the Missouri State Trooper handled the situation properly and he says there have been no new reports of developments in the case since Seay was appointed in March to replace the previous special prosecutor.

Grassley asks Seay to tell him the current status of the investigation, how long he expects it to take, and what he plans to do to ensure there has been proper transparency in the investigation. Grassley wants a response to his questions by October 1st.