Police Investigating Des Moines Man’s Death as Homicide

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Police are investigating the death of a 43-year-old Des Moines man as a homicide.

Police found an injured man inside a residence in the 2900 block of E. Walnut Street while investigating the report of a dispute around 1 a.m. Saturday.

The homeowner, who is also the victim's ex-wife, called police in fear of her safety. When authorities arrived and entered the home, they found the victim injured and immediately started life saving procedures.

"She (the homeowner) reported that there was a dispute going on inside the house. She was very, very frightened and she left the home. When the officers got there, they secured the area, they went inside to check the residence and they found the injured male inside," said Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Medics took the man to MercyOne Hospital where he later died. His name has not yet been released, but it has been confirmed that he was recently released from police custody days prior.

Police said there does not appear to be an ongoing threat to the community related to this case.

Nicky Beery and Sarah Hupp (WHO-HD)

Police detectives identified two potential witnesses who may have relevant information to the investigation. According to police, Des Moines residents Nicky Beery, 39, and Sarah Hupp, 38, were at or near the scene of the homicide when it happened.

If you have any information regarding the current location of Beery or Hupp, contact a police detective at 515-283-4981 or the Des Moines Police Department Communication Center at 515-283-4811.

"I’m fairly confident that they know we're looking for them," said Parizek. "For one reason or another, it seems that they are certainly trying to avoid us. At this point, they are nothing more than witnesses and we just need to talk to them to figure out exactly what they know about this so that we can understand what happened inside that house.

This is an ongoing investigation and will be updated as information becomes available.


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