Two individuals were found dead in an open rail car Friday afternoon in Appanoose County.
Appanoose County deputies met with personnel from Iowa Southern Railway and examined the rail car. Two deceased people were discovered.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called to assist with the case. The preliminary findings indicate that the open rail car contained around 100 tons of steel that was being shipped from Monterrey, Mexico to Centerville.
The rail car was one of several that was dropped off in Albia Thursday and was picked up Friday.
After the cars arrived in Appanoose County, railroad employees began the process of decoupling the cars and a body was discovered. Authorities found a second body.
The deceased were transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsies. The cause of death has not been determined. Officials say evidence at the scene indicates that the two people were killed by the shifting of the steel.
The sex, race, and nationality of the departed has not been confirmed but officials believe one of the individuals may have traveled from Honduras.