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Des Moines police are investigating a dead body found in a public park as a homicide

Des Moines police are investigating a dead body found in a public park as a homicide

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Police in Des Moines, Iowa, investigate a murder after a body is found in a city park.

The discovery of a deceased person in the 2200 block of SW 11th St., on the west side of MacRae Park, on Monday is being investigated as 21st murder so far this year in Iowa’s capital.

“Evidence indicates that this incident is isolated to those directly involved and there is no ongoing threat to the public,” Des Moines police tweeted.

In a press release obtained by KCCI, police said first responders were called around 1:20 p.m. to MacRae Park in south Des Moines to reports of a shooting.

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This file image shows the Des Moines Police Department’s response to the scene of a shooting on Dec. 9, 2022.
(Des Moines Police)

The body of a 22-year-old man was found in the park and “traumatic injury was evident,” police said. The victim’s name was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.

The park was closed on Monday because of the investigation but is expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Fox News Digital reached out to Des Moines police early Tuesday for more information.

It comes hours after the city’s 19th and 20th homicides were recorded with the double homicide of a mother and daughter found shot to death in their home in the Merle Hay neighborhood.

This file image shows a Des Moines police vehicle.

This file image shows a Des Moines police vehicle.
(Des Moines Police)

Their suspected killer, said to be the daughter’s 22-year-old ex-boyfriend, was found alive in another city park with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

Des Moines police later identified the victims as 20-year-old Emma Parker and her mother, 47-year-old Danielle Remilly. Police believe the suspect forced his way into their home in the 2600 block of 53rd Street shortly before 3 a.m., allegedly shot both victims and then fled on foot.

This photo released publicly by Des Moines police shows homicide victims Emma Parker, 20, and her 47-year-old mother, Danielle Remilly.

This photo released publicly by Des Moines police shows homicide victims Emma Parker, 20, and her 47-year-old mother, Danielle Remilly.
(Des Moines Police)

“The Des Moines Police Department The communications center received multiple calls reporting gunshots heard, as well as a call from a male who reported being the person responsible for the shots fired at the home,” Sergeant Paul Parizek said in a press release obtained by WOI-DT. “During this call , he indicated that he was walking to a nearby park with the intention of killing himself.

Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Officers found the suspect in nearby Riley Park with an “apparent gunshot wound.” Life-saving measures were administered and he was transported to a hospital, police said.


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