A teenager in western Iowa is accused of murdering a five year old boy and leaving the body in a ravine.
Police say 17-year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen killed the five year old on Saturday in the town of Logan, in Harrison County.
The two boys lived in the same foster home.
Metzker-Madsen has been charged with first degree murder.
"He’ll be charged as an adult, it automatically bumps him at his age with this type of charge to the adult court,” DCI SAC Mitch Mortvedt explained.
Harrison County deputies found the child in a ravine on the foster family`s property, after responding to a 911 call Saturday night.
Police say the caller reported of a boy missing and possibly injured. But when they found the boy he was unresponsive.
Police arrested Metzker-Madsen after questioning him.
Investigators say the boys had only been living in the foster home for a short period of time.
"It's our understanding the 17-year old, Cody, has been there for almost 3 years, and the five-and-a-half-year old young boy, had only been there two to three weeks,” Mortvedt said.
The cause of death wasn't determined pending further testing during an autopsy Monday.
Metzker-Madsen will make his first court appearance September 9th. He`s being held on a $500,000 bond.