Police Believe Webster City Father Died from Blunt Force Trauma

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – A domestic dispute left a Webster City father dead and his son behind bars.

Sixty-one-year-old Steven Graesch was found inside his home early Monday morning. An autopsy Tuesday will determine cause of death, but police say it appears Graesch died from blunt force trauma after some kind of altercation with his son Saturday.

“It sounds like they were having an argument and it went too far,” says Webster City Sgt. Ed Wardell.

Authorities arrested Corbin Graesch, 27,  and charged him with first degree murder.  This isn’t the first time police have been called to the home the father and son shared.

“Just family-oriented calls.  Just like arguments that fathers and sons, moms and dads have, but nothing to this magnitude. It was quite a surprise for something like this happen,” says Wardell.

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Neighbors expressed shock and surprise about the crime in the quiet neighborhood on the city’s south side.

“You just don’t ever suspect anything like that is going to happen,” says lifelong resident Luanne Tanner, “I’m sure a lot of people feel that way about their communities, but that’s how it’s always been around here.”

This is the first homicide in Webster City this year. Wardell says in his twenty years with the department, there have only been a total of three.

Graesch is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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