UPDATE: Police release new information regarding human remains found in Mason City

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(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE 7/7/2023:

Police hope clothing found on badly decomposed human remains will help identify who the person is and what led to his death.

It was an unusual Thursday for people on the 200 block of 7th Street Northeast where police found human remains. Because of decomposition, the medical examiner hasn’t identified the man.

We know he was between the ages of 20 and 40 and is between 5’6” to 5’10” tall weighing 170 pounds and wearing green jogger sweatpants and a black tank top, black and red Nike tennis shoes and he had an ace bandage on his left ankle.

“It’s clear to us right away often gender, race, some of those other kinds of things that help us know right away whether or not it could be tied to a previous case or not, so we use all those pieces of information,” Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said.

Tom Caswell lives on the street where the remains were found. He says he isn’t too concerned about living in this area.

“It would take a lot more than that for us to want to move. We like it down here. It’s calm for the most part,” Caswell explained.

One man moved to Mason City three days ago. He lives a few houses down from where the body was found.

“It’s nothing I don’t feel I should be nervous about. I appreciate this town. I’m not going to go nowhere,” he said.

Brinkley agrees and says there’s no need to be nervous saying there’s no ongoing threat to the public. KAAL asked several questions about the body and its condition. Police don’t want to speculate.

“We want to be right. We want to make a public statement to our community that is factual. We’re going to take our time and do that right,” Brinkley said.

Police ask you contact them at 641-421-3000 if you know anything about the man that help them identify him.


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(ABC 6 News) – The Mason City Police Department responded to a scene after uncovering evidence of human remains.

According to police, the first call came in around 2:10 p.m. on Thursday. Officers arrived at the 200 block of 7th Street northeast and confirmed that remains had been located.

Investigators are working with the medical examiner on the investigation, and say there is no threat to the public.

ABC 6 News will provide additional information when it becomes available.