A homicide investigation involving a newborn child is underway in Fort Dodge.
On Tuesday, November 22nd, at approximately 2:48 P.M. the Webster County
Telecommunications Center received information indicating that a female had given birth to a
child at home, that the newborn was later deceased, and that the body was moved from its
birthplace to another location. Law enforcement quickly responded to this information and has
been engaged in an investigation since.
All available resources and manpower have been utilized to attempt to locate the
newborn’s body and to investigate the circumstances surrounding its birth, death, and the
disappearance of its remains. Investigators have followed up with many leads, utilized electronic
records, spoken to multiple witnesses, and physically searched numerous locations of interest in
an attempt to recover the body. As of the time of this press release, the newborn’s body has not
been located, though the search continues.
At this time investigators are continuing their investigation into this incident. As with all
investigations, video evidence is essential. Anyone who has video surveillance within the area
bordered by Central Avenue and E. Kenyon Road and South 7th Street and South 12th Street is
asked to contact law enforcement. Anyone with information regarding this incident is
encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police. Information may also be submitted anonymously
via Crime Stoppers. Additionally, Crime Stoppers has offered up a $1,000.00 reward for
information that leads directly to the discovery of the newborn’s body.
The Fort Dodge Police Department has been and continues to be assisted by the Webster
County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Major Crimes Unit, the
Webster County Attorney’s Office, the Fort Dodge Fire Department, Webster County
Conservation, City of Fort Dodge Street Department, Webster County Emergency Management,
the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Scene Team and Criminalistics Laboratory and the K9