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UPDATE: Authorities in Iowa release more details on bodies found in home

AKRON, Iowa (KTIV) - The Plymouth County Sheriff released the names of the individuals found deceased at 17279 180th Street, rural Akron, Iowa on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo said they are Donald John Neunaber, 83 and Esther Grace Neunaber, 80. They have been transported to Ankeny to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

Investigators are continuing to process the scene of the deaths and hope to complete the investigation by Friday.

Person of Interest, Jonathan Donald Neunaber was located by officers in La Crosse, Wisconsin Thursday night.

Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will be traveling to Wisconsin to continue their investigation.

Sheriff Van Otterloo said the vehicle was located in La Crosse.

Authorities are working on arrangements to have Jonathan Neunaber transported back to Plymouth County.

He has not been charged with any crime and is being held as a material witness in this case.

UPDATED (9:25pm, July 10th): The material witness wanted in connection with discovery of bodies in Akron, IA home is in custody in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Jonathan Neunaber was detained after a traffic stop. His car has been impounded and processed.

The name on the mailbox at 17279 180th St., near Akron, Iowa, says Neunaber. It was at that home that two people were found dead Wednesday evening.

"It's probably no secret to anyone whose residence that is," said Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. "I know the local people in the Akron area know who lives there."

Van Otterloo says that while the names of the deceased are likely out in the public, that he's not releasing them yet. Instead, they're turning their attention to 44-year old Jonathan Neunaber, whose listed residence is the very home where the bodies were discovered.

"We believe that he may have knowledge of what happened," said Van Otterloo. "What may have transpired before, after or during the death."

Thursday afternoon, the Plymouth county attorney's office issued a material witness warrant for Neunaber. For now, Neunaber is just a person of interest.

"He has not been charged with anything, there is not an arrest warrant out for him. I want to make that perfectly clear."

Right now, Neunaber is not a suspect. But this is a scene, Van Otterloo says, in which violent deaths occurred.

"We believe that it is a suspicious death," said Van Otterloo. "It may rise to the level of a homicide or some type of felonious incident."

Van Otterloo notes that the time of death of the victims is unclear, saying that the bodies could have been at the house for as long as a few weeks. Due to the complexity of the scene, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is staying on the scene this evening and into tomorrow.

Van Otterloo says that they do have a few other individuals they are looking at in their investigation.

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A material witness warrant has been issued for an Akron, Iowa, man after the discovery of two bodies in the home where he lived.

Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says 44-year-old Jonathan Donald Neunaber may be driving a beige Buick with Iowa license plate ACG866.

Van Otterloo says he has information critical to the investigation.

The deaths are considered suspicious, but Van Otterloo says the deaths could be classified as homicides when the investigation in complete.

Van Otterloo couldn't release the names of the victims, or how they died, but he said the victims death was "violent." The victims may have been dead "for several weeks" according to Van Otterloo. The bodies were discovered late Wednesday night after a 911 phone call was made.

Van Otterloo says the bodies are still inside the home, and may be there until the Division of Criminal Investigation is done with the crime scene, which could be sometime on Friday.

Once the bodies are removed, they will be taken to the State Crime Lab in Ankeny to determine their cause of death.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two people.   Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call just before 11:00pm Wednesday night regarding the welfare of two people.  Deputies went to the home at 17279 180th Street in rural Akron, Iowa and found the bodies of two people who's deaths they say are suspicious.
The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office is investigating how these two people died, along with investigators from Woodbury County and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  Autopsies have been ordered.

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