DCI Investigates Deaths in Johnson County

Johnson County Sheriff News Release


By Mike Wagner

JOHNSON COUNTY -- The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and State of Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the deaths of two people in rural Southeast Johnson County.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call late Friday afternoon on February 1st at approximately 5:34PM. The caller reported initially the possibility of one dead person but in a subsequent call to the Sheriff’s Office it was reported 2 dead persons.

The residence where the scene is located is 5551 Johnson-Muscatine Rd SE, this residence is approximately 5 miles West of West Liberty and approximately 7 miles Northeast of Lone Tree.

The victims were identified as Wendy J. Peck age 44 of the above residence and Robert Gene Lovetinsky Jr age 50 of rural Iowa City.

The State Division of Criminal Investigation has brought in their mobile lab team and the incident is under investigation. The cause of death is unknown at this time, and the incident is being treated as suspicious.

Autopsies are expected to be performed over the weekend by the assistant state medical examiner at University of Iowa Hospitals. No other information regarding the case is available at this time.

Agencies called to the scene include The Johnson County Sheriff, State DCI, Lone Tree First Responders, Johnson County Ambulance, Johnson County Medical Examiner, State DCI mobile lab, Johnson County Attorney, and State of Iowa Assistant Medical Examiner.

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