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Law enforcement confirms human remains found following heavy police presence in DeWitt

Published: Mar. 22, 2021 at 10:26 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2021 at 1:32 PM CDT
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DEWITT, Iowa (KWQC) - Officials Tuesday announced human remains were found Monday in DeWitt. This was near 270th Avenue in Clinton County.

Officials with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigation and Davenport Police Department made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday.

The remains were found by local residents who were in the area to fish when they found the remains and immediately contacted law enforcement. This was around 6:30 p.m.

Officials say this remains an open missing person’s case and no identification has been made on the remains discovered Monday.

“First and foremost, we are following the best protocols in order to achieve resolution regarding the identification of the remains,” DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn said. “We are working diligently across multiple agencies including the Division of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and law enforcement from Davenport and Clinton counties to complete the investigation. We appreciate your patience as we work thoroughly toward resolution.”

According to Sheriff Greenwalt the community and law enforcement leadership are focused on primary communications with family members at this time.

“Our prayers are deeply with the families directly impacted by this discovery,” said Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski. “Please join us in keeping them in our thoughts.”

As the investigation and outcomes unfold, community leadership is ready with crisis intervention and counseling services for those impacted.

“We have been in contact with local social service agencies to provide counseling to the families impacted – no matter the outcome of the investigation,” said Chief Sikorski. “We know this discovery will cause many emotions and ensuring the best access to support services that many will need is among our top priorities.”

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