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Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Waterloo

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WATERLOO, Iowa - Police in Waterloo are calling a woman's death "suspicious" after her body was found behind a business Sunday afternoon.

The site is behind Advanced Environmental Testing and Abatement Inc., 803 Ricker St., and portions of the area were cordoned off Sunday.

Police say the body belongs to 53-year-old Sharon Creighton. Creighton had been reported as missing earlier on Sunday.

Tim Harris, the business' owner, and his son, Luke, found the woman at about 1:30 p.m. They had arrived to work after church, according to Harris.

Police officials declined to comment on the incident but described the death as suspicious. Investigators arrived at the scene at about 3 p.m.

The woman's body was discovered face down near a pile of wood in the middle of a pallet yard behind the business. A car was nearby, and police were apparently checking whether the vehicle belonged to the woman.

Authorities were also investigating whether the woman is the same person reported missing earlier in the day. Friends and family members of that person showed up on Ricker Street shortly before 4 p.m. One individual overwrought with emotion fell to the ground at the scene.

Waterloo Police is not releasing more details pending the results of an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.

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