KIDNAPPING CASE: Suspect’s Mom Found Dead

SAC CITY, Ia. — The man accused of kidnapping a Storm Lake woman Thursday made his initial court appearance in Sac County court Friday morning.

Officials say 21-year-old Kirk Levin is charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, assault while participating in a felony, and third degree kidnapping. The charges were filed after a 21-year-old woman says she escaped from Levin after he kidnapped her.

During the investigation into the kidnapping officials say they found the body of another woman at the home where Levin allegedly held the kidnapping victim. During Levin’s court appearance Friday the prosecutor representing the state said the body found was that of Levin’s mother.

The Sac County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that information late Friday afternoon. They say Levin’s mother, 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt, was found dead at her home. An autopsy will be performed on the body, but officials are calling the death suspicious in nature.

The kidnapping victim told officials Levin came to her Storm Lake residence early Thursday morning asking for a ride, saying his car had broken down. Levin was an acquaintance and had just been released from prison after serving time for burglary.

Officials say Levin had only been out of prison for 36 hours before he allegedly abducted the woman.

When they arrived at his house, 2242 Ira Avenue in rural Early, he took the woman into the barn and told her he was kidnapping her. He tied her up and put her in the back seat of the vehicle.

Levin crashed the car into a ditch about a half a mile from the home and that’s when she was able to escape and flag down help.

After receiving a 911 call around 8:00 a.m. from a farmer, authorities searched the area and found Levin hiding in a nearby barn.

When they searched the Ira Avenue home where the woman said she’d been held captive, the body of Marilyn Schmitt was found.

Kirk Levin is being held in the Sac County Jail.

The prosecutor in the case asked that Levin’s bond, which was originally set at $20,000, be raised to $500,000 because of his criminal history and his lack of ties to the community.

Levin’s attorney said it didn’t matter if the bond was $20,000 or $500,000 — his client wouldn’t be able to raise it.

The judge has approved a bond increase to $200,000.

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