HOMICIDE CASE: Victim’s Name Released

Des Moines police have released the name of the woman found dead inside her apartment Monday morning.

The case was initially classified as suspicious, but now officers have enough evidence to believe she was murdered.

Crime scene investigators have been camped outside an apartment complex on the 1000 block of 21st street in Des Moines since Monday morning.

“This is the first thing of this nature that we’ve had for quite a while,” said Dan Crawford, a neighbor.

Law enforcement is investigating the death of 47 year old Cynthia Rouse.

This case is now classified as Des Moines’ first homicide of 2013.

“There were signs of trauma that led investigators to believe it wasn’t self-inflicted,” said Sgt. Steve Woody, the acting public information officer for the Des Moines Police Department.

Police say Cynthia’s husband, 40 year old Cheyenne Rouse discovered her body.

He’s currently on work release following a 2007 arrest on drug charges.

Rouse was interviewed Monday, but investigators say he’s been helpful and isn’t considered a suspect.

“He was released after that interview and I believe they’re looking elsewhere. I believe the investigation is leading them elsewhere at this time,” said Woody.

Sergeant Woody says investigators are making significant progress, but nobody has been arrested and police haven’t publicly identified any suspects.

Police hope the results of Cynthia Rouse’s autopsy which began Tuesday morning will reveal new clues.

“It will probably be a lengthy autopsy. Once the results are in, it will lead them in different directions,” Woody told Channel 13 News.

Police are asking the public to contact them if they have any information on the case. You can reach police at 283-4869.



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