Man Stabbed to Death on Meskwaki Settlement

TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - At a late night press conference, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said authorities - including the DCI, FBI, Meskwaki Nation Police and Tama County Sheriff's Office - are investigating a stabbing that left one man dead.

"Foul play is suspected," Rahn said. "An individual has been detained for questioning."

Rahn said a 911 call came into Tama County dispatch at about 5 p.m. Monday. The caller said a stabbing had occurred at 1695 340th St. in the Meskwaki Settlement. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive man suffering from an unspecified number of stab wounds.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the deceased man or the person they have in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

DCI special agent in charge Bill Kietzman said the DCI crime scene team was responding to the scene - which was closed off from the public - and investigators were also in the process of obtaining search warrants for the scene.

"They've got a lot going on," he said.

Rahn emphasized that the stabbing appears to be an isolated incident. However, that will likely be of little comfort to the people of the Meskwaki Nation who are now faced with what appears to be the third murder in the settlement this month.

Gordon Lasley Jr., 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents. He is accused of killing his parents Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley on Feb. 5 with a machete at their home on the settlement. . He remains in the Tama County jail.
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