Investigators Seeking To Determine What Killed Iowa Inmate


17 Jun

An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations vehicle is parked outside of the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Monday. A death at the prison is being investigated as a possible homicide. (Messenger photo by Elijah Decious)

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances behind the cause of death of 59-year-old Thomas Andrew Daleske, an inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility who was found dead Sunday evening at around 5:15 PM in his cell.

The Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC) said in a news release Tuesday that it has requested the state’s Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to look into the death of Daleske. That investigation commenced Monday afternoon. The state medical examiner is also conducting an autopsy.

The DOC and DCI are working with the Webster County Attorney’s Office on possible criminal charges  surrounding the death.

Both agencies are working with the Webster County attorney on any pending criminal charges. the corrections department said.

According to the Fort Dodge Messenger, independent sources confirmed that investigators have identified a suspect in the matter. 

Daleske had been serving a 45-year maximum sentence for multiple charges related to sexual abuse of a child from Warren County. His prison term began in October 2000.

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