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Former landlord says Ottumwa man's death unexpected

Ottumwa police found the body of 41-year-old Jason Lee Seavey in a creek near the 700 block of South Webster Friday/KTVO

Authorities are investigating the death of an Ottumwa man.

On Friday afternoon, Ottumwa police found the body of 41-year-old Jason Lee Seavey, formerly of Unionville, Missouri, in a creek near the 700 block of south Webster.

Right now, the cause of Seavey's death is unknown.

The news shocked Seavey's former landlord and employer, Cliff McNeal.

Seavey was staying at a halfway house when he reached out to McNeal for a job and a place to live.

McNeal told KTVO Seavey was incarcerated about five months ago, and he was just starting to turn his life around.

"I talked to his mother a couple times about Jason, helping Jason out,” McNeal said. “It seemed like he had a lot of family support, it looked like he was getting his life headed in the right direction."

Seavey worked in the tree service with McNeal for only a short time, and rented property from him for about four months.

McNeal said Seavey was always positive and a man of his word.

He added that everything seemed normal when he crossed paths with Seavey last week.

Seavey's remains were transferred to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for an autopsy.








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