Labor Day Weekend death investigations


FPD officials are reporting the following. On 08/31/2014 at approximately 4:15 AM, Fairfield Police Dispatch received an emergency call from Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad reporting a train had struck a person on the railroad tracks in the Fairfield city limits. The accident was a fatality. The investigation is ongoing. No names are being released, pending notification of family.

On 08/31/2014 at approximately 1:38 PM, FPD officers received a report of a vehicle located in Fairfield belonging to a missing male from Illinois. It was believed the male may be a threat to himself or others and possibly armed. It was also suspected that the male had forced entry into an unoccupied residence in the 1200 block of S. Main near the abandoned vehicle. Some sections of Main Street were closed during negotiation attempts for the safety of the public. FPD officers appreciate the assistance of the public.

Officers attempted to make contact and negotiate with persons inside. These attempts were unsuccessful. Officers then entered and located an unidentified male body inside. No weapons were located in the residence and there was no evidence of a suspicious death at this time. No names are being released, pending identification of the body and notification of the family. The body was sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. No danger to public safety has been identified, yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad Police and officials, the State Medical Examiner’s Office, the Midwest Ambulance Service, and the Fairfield Fire Department for assistance.