HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION: Victim Found In Basement

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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Marshalltown Police are investigating a homicide that happened sometime Tuesday.

Police say they received a call Tuesday  morning from someone with information about a possible suspicious death.

That got the investigation started.

Officer spent hours investigating and following leads, that information eventually brought them to 502 N. 4th Ave.

Police requested a search warrant and found the body of the male victim in the home’s basement Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m.

Police Chief Michael Tupper says it took eight to ten hours from the time of the report until the victim was found.  Tupper says that’s because the initial report lacked details.

At this time no information on the victim is being released. “The cause and manner of death and the circumstances surrounding the death are still part of an ongoing investigation.  But it is clear at this time that a criminal act led to the death.  So it is being investigated as a homicide,” Tupper said.

Two people were taken into custody. Thirty-year-old Jeremy Gartin and 55-year-old Max Nelson Jr., both of Marshalltown, are being held on material witness warrants.

Gartin was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Chief Tupper says he expects more charges to be filed Wednesday morning.

An autopsy is also scheduled to be performed Wednesday.

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