(Sentinel photo by Bob Eschliman)
Officers from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and the Le Mars Police Department were called this morning to 1110 Plymouth St. SE to respond to an incident. The nature of incident has not yet been released.
Officers were seen this morning, shortly after 8 a.m., searching the area for evidence. An area between 1110 and 1160 Plymouth St. SE was cordoned off with crime scene tape.
Passersby said they saw a body being carried away from the scene of the incident and placed in a Le Mars ambulance. Officials at Floyd Valley Hospital would not confirm if a body had been brought there, citing patient confidentiality regulations.
Neighbors have said they did not hear anything suspicious, nor do they know for sure what happened.
"I don't really know anything for sure right now," Marlene Mousel said. "There has been a lot of police around, though."
Initially, officers on the scene declined to comment on what had transpired. They said an official statement would be coming shortly.
"I can't say anything right now," officer Jay King said. "We'll have an official statement soon."
At press time, the Daily Sentinel made a public information request regarding the incident. Officials with the Le Mars Police Department refused to comment.
Iowa Code Chapter 22 makes the date, time, specific location and immediate facts and circumstances of any incident a matter of public record. An official statement will be released later this afternoon.
The last murder in Le Mars took place in December of 1992, when Brian Davis killed his live-in girlfriend, Julie Baack. Davis confessed to the murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Baack's body was finally recovered several years later outside of Plymouth County.
Please check the Daily Sentinel web site, www.lemarssentinel.com, for an update this afternoon.