The investigation began on July 22nd when a passerby reported a possible body in Virgin Lake. An autopsy later confirmed the body was that of 27-year-old Rollin Bontrager of Washington, Iowa.
Police say they seized a number of items for analysis while searching two homes and three vehicles several days later which led them to 29-year-old Allan Schwidder. Schwidder was arrested Friday evening in Lake Park and charged with first-degree murder. He remains in the Palo Alto County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Authorities say the case remains under investigation and anyone with further information is asked to contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at 852-3535.
(By Corey Harguth, KICD, Spencer)