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Algona man found dead in cornfield of self-inflicted gunshot

KOSSTUH COUNTY – An Algona man was found dead in a cornfield of a self-inflicted gunshot, police say.

On October 3, 2021 at 2:38 a.m., the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a person in need of medical attention in a cornfield entrance, located north of Hwy 9 on 130th Avenue. Swea City and Algona EMS were paged to the scene. Upon arrival, EMS determined that the person was deceased and called for the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office to respond.

Investigation at the scene determined that the person had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the Kossuth County Medical Examiner was called to assist in the investigation.

The person was identified as 29-year-old Elijah Joshua Gelhaus of Algona, Iowa.

An autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiners Office in Ankeny, Iowa.
Kossuth County Sheriff

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