Suspect(s) in Appanoose County death considered armed and dangerous

Curtis Ross, 31, of Cedar Falls (Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Appanoose County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Cedar Falls, Iowa deer hunter.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office over the weekend, Curtis Ross, 31, was reported missing in rural Appanoose County.

His body was found in a remote rural area in the public hunting land around Lake Rathbun at 115th Avenue near Sandy Branch.

Ross was transported to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa, for an autopsy. That autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

The death is being investigated as a homicide.

The suspect(s) is still at large. The suspect(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.

As shotgun deer season is approaching, law enforcement officers are asking for the public to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agency.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Appanoose County Attorney, Appanoose County Medical Examiner’s Office and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Appanoose County Law Center at (641) 437-7100.

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