Homicide Investigation near Nashua

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

CHICKASAW COUNTY, Iowa - The death of an elderly Nashua man is now being treated as a homicide investigation.

During a welfare check last week, 70-year-old Carl "Ken" Gallmeyer was discovered dead in his home late in the afternoon on October 4th. The State Medical Examiner's office has now ruled his death a homicide.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help with the investigation. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department at (641) 294-3121.

Long-time resident, Janet Pratt, lives just a half a mile down the road from Gallmeyer. Their neighborhood is fairly isolated with several acres separating just a few homes in the area. Pratt said deputies questioned her just after midnight last Thursday.

"They came in the middle of the night about 1:30 in the morning and wanted to know if we had seen or heard anything," Pratt said. "They didn't really say much to us other than there had been an incident over on the hill."

Deputies told Pratt something had happened to the elderly man. They questioned the couple for an hour, but Pratt says neither she nor her husband had seen or heard anything suspicious.

"We couldn't tell them anything, because we didn't know anything."
Pratt described the elderly man as a loner. She tells us he had few visitors but was friendly to anyone passing by his home. Prior to his retirement, Gallmeyer ran Ken's Grocery in Clarksville.

"He never bothered anybody, and to my knowledge, no one ever really bothered him," Pratt said.

Pratt said deputies told her this is likely an "isolated incident". But now that investigators are considering Gallmeyer's death a homicide, Pratt says neighbors are on edge.

"There's ever reason to lock your doors and double check them before you go to bed at night that's for sure."
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