News Conference Scheduled to Release Details in Oskaloosa Death Investigation


OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety is holding a news conference Friday morning to release information about a death investigation in Oskaloosa.

Special Agent Mike Motsinger with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirms to Channel 13 that the DCI is assisting the Oskaloosa Police Department in the case.

Motsinger was not able to release any information about the person who died or the circumstances of the death.

In an email sent to William Penn University students and staff, from university president John Ottosson, the death of a student in an off-campus incident is mentioned. The email is available below:

Dear Penn Family,

I write this note with a heavy heart. Last night, there was an incident in town that led to the death of a member of one of our family, student Marquis Todd. Details of the incident are still unfolding and under investigation. It is known that the other individuals in this incident were not affiliated with the University.

The University is cooperating fully with the Oskaloosa Police Department with their investigation and in turn, the OPD is keeping the University apprised of the situation as details unfold.

William Penn University Counseling Services, Campus Ministry, and Crisis Intervention Services will be on campus today and will be available to students, faculty, and staff. For more information regarding these resources, please contact Tyne Smith at or 641-673-1703. Her office of located on the main floor of the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union. To contact Campus Ministry for support, please call Ron Bryan at 641-660-9717.

John Ottosson
William Penn University

The university also posted on Facebook about the death of one of its students from “an incident that occurred last night off campus.”

Motsinger would not confirm whether Marquis Todd was the subject of the death investigation, but law enforcement officials have not made us aware of any other death investigations in Oskaloosa at this time.

The news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Mahaska County Law Enforcement Center. We will stream the news conference live on and the WHO-TV Channel 13 News Facebook page.

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