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Law enforcement investigating ‘violent death’ in Tama County

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:15 PM CDT
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TRAER, Iowa (KCRG) - The Tama County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating what they’re calling a “violent death” in rural Traer.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday, emergency crews responded to a home in the 1800 block of K Avenue-approximately five miles outside of Traer-after receiving a 9-1-1 call.

Investigators said that when first responders arrived on the scene, they found one person dead. Officials have identified that person as Ryan Cooper and say he lived in the home.

At this time, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and Tama County Sheriff’s Office are calling the death “suspicious.”

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting the autopsy.

KCRG-TV9 has also learned that Cooper’s father owns the farm located on the property and that Ryan Cooper’s wife runs a salon on the property as well.

Crime scene tape could be seen on the home’s mailbox, right off of Highway 63.

One neighbor that spoke to TV9 said that they found the situation “scary.”

No other information is being released. An investigation into the death is ongoing.

Check back for updates.

The Tama County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating...
The Tama County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating what they’re calling a “violent death” in rural Traer.(KCRG-TV9/Brian Tabick)
The Tama County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating...
The Tama County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating what they’re calling a “violent death” in rural Traer.(KCRG-TV9/Brian Tabick)

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