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Update: Tama homicide victim identified

September 26, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama Police said in a news release Kerry O'Clair Jefferson, 32, was found dead in a home at 104 Harmon St. in Tama by an officer between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Ginger Jefferson, 57, Toledo, has been taken into custody as a material witness by Tama Police. Police said Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Medical Examiner, has ruled the death a homicide.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was reported still on the scene at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon has credited Tama citizens for their assistance in providing information about the incident to law enforcement.

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Tama County Medical Examiner Dennis Mallory, Tama Police Chief Jeff Filloon and an unidentified Tama County Deputy Sheriff at the scene of a suspicious death on Harmon Street in Tama Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25.
News-Herald/John Speer

The Tama County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police, Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police, DCI and the Tama County Attorney's Office are assisting in the investigation.

Investigation by Tama Police is continuing.

Earlier: The body of a female in her 30s was discovered by Tama Police in a home in the 100 block of Harmon Street about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25, according to Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Medical Examiner.

Mallory told the News-Herald Wednesday night an autopsy scheduled for Thursday in Ankeny would determine the cause of death.



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