Johnson County Deaths Ruled Homicide, Suicide

By Justin Foss, Reporter

Photo of Wendy Peck


By Becky Ogann

JOHNSON COUNTY - Officials have released more information on two suspicious deaths in Johnson County.

Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Marcus Nashelsky performed autopsies over the weekend on Wendy Peck and Robert Lovetinsky. Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Peck died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Lovetinsky died as a result of self inflicted knife injuries.

Based on the investigation at the scene, interviews conducted by investigators, and the preliminary autopsy reports, the death of Peck has been determined to be a homicide and the death of Lovetinsky has been determined to be a suicide.

A family member found the bodies late Friday afternoon at a home on Johnson-Muscatine Rd SE, West Liberty, Iowa.

Johnson County sheriff says they are waiting for toxicology tests to determine if Lovetinsky killed Peck. However, the sheriff did say they are not looking for any suspects. Family and friends tell TV9 the two had been dating for 12 years. Peck leaves behind a high school-aged daughter and a 20-year-old son.

"Anytime you have an event like this it's such a violent type situation, it's very difficult for the family to have to deal with and go through,” said Lonny Pulkrabek, Johnson County sheriff.

Authorities said there aren't any obvious signs that drugs were involved, but they are doing routine tests to check.

We've only been able to reach Peck's family. They said Wendy's obituary should be in Tuesday's paper.

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