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Webster city woman and infant death investigation concludes, state officials say


This news story was published on February 25, 2020.
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WEBSTER CITY – A mother and her infant were discovered dead in a Webster City house and an investigation into their deaths has concluded, Iowa officials say.

On November 10, 2019, the Webster City Police Department requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to conduct a death investigation at 721 Des Moines Street in Webster City, Iowa. At approximately 8:13 a.m., Webster City police officers responded to the residence following the report of a roommate who had discovered two bodies. The deceased individuals were identified as 28-year-old Mariangelys Ortiz and her three-month-old daughter Abimelec Ortiz Figueroa. Both decedents were residents of 721 Des Moines Street.

Autopsies were performed on both individuals by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office. Autopsy results indicated the following cause and manner of death:

• Mariangelys Figueroa Ortiz’s cause of death is ligature hanging and manner of death is suicide.
• Abimelec Ortiz Figueroa’s cause of death is unknown and manner of death is undetermined.

The DCI, along with the Webster City Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office have concluded the investigation into this matter.

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