APPANOOSE COUNTY – Authorities are asking the public to exercise caution after a Cedar Falls deer hunter was found dead over the weekend.
The Appanoose County Sheriff's Office said on Sunday it had found the body of 31-year-old Curtis Ross, who went missing while hunting over the weekend.
An autopsy was conducted on Monday at the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. The full autopsy results are pending laboratory tests, and the death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
DCI official said the suspect or suspects are still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. With shotgun deer season is approaching, authorities are asking for the public to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
Ross’s body was found in a remote rural area of Appanoose County in the public hunting land around Lake Rathbun at 115th Avenue near Sandy Branch, according to the DCI.
The case is currently under investigation by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Appanoose County Attorney, Appanoose County Medical Examiner’s office, Office of State Medical Examiner and the Wayne County Sheriff’s office.
The public is being asked for help in the investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Appanoose County Law Enforcement Center at (641) 437-7100.