Clive man charged with murder in trail death

Associated Press

CLIVE (AP) — A Clive man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old whose body was found near a recreational trail.

Police say 49-year-old Stephen Jonas was arrested Sunday night following a second interview about the death of Zachary Michael Paulsen. Paulsen’s body was found Saturday morning near the Clive Greenbelt Trail, lying against a fence.

Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said in a news release that Jonas told authorities he had a physical altercation with Paulsen. Police say Jonas told them he caused Paulsen’s death.

Jonas is being held at the Polk County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Court records do not list an attorney.

An autopsy will be performed on Paulsen to determine his cause of death.

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