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Welfare check on travel trailer in Iowa leads to discovery of three deceased persons and dogs

COLLINS, IOWA – Law enforcement conducted a welfare check on a travel trailer in a rural Iowa community, leading to the discovery of three deceased persons and three dogs inside.

On April 21, 2020, at approximately 7:55 am the Story County Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting a welfare check at a residence in the 700 block of 1st Avenue in Collins, Iowa.

Story county deputies arrived on scene and discovered three deceased adults along with three deceased dogs inside a travel trailer. The deceased, a 62-year-old female, a 41-year-old female, and a 20-year-old male were all residents of this address. The names are being withheld at this time pending further investigation and notification of family.

The initial investigation indicates the residents succumb to asphyxiation from toxic gas, likely being carbon monoxide. There are no signs of foul play and no threat to the public exist.

The Story County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Story County Medical Examiner’s Officer and was assisted at the scene by the Collins Fire and Rescue Department.

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