Jared Parks Death
May 11, 2009
Jared Parks, 18, was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa, on Monday, May 11, 2009. He’d been hit by at least two semi tractor-trailers. Troopers were called to the scene at 11:46 p.m.
The driver of the first big rig said the boy was lying on the roadway and looked unconscious in the moments before he was hit, and the medical examiner ruled out a fall from an overpass. Two of the tractor-trailer drivers waited for troopers and were questioned at the scene. Troopers believe a third truck may also have run over the teen.
Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Schmunk said that Parks died from blunt force trauma and his injuries were consistent with being hit by a truck. Schmunk said there was nothing to indicate that Parks was injured before the crash or that he might have jumped from the bridge. Investigators never found Jared’s cell phone, and his wallet, earrings and tennis shoes were also missing. They have ruled the death as suspicious.
If you have heard anyone talking about anything that might be pertinent to this case please contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515 223-1400.
October 24, 2003
Robert Corey Poffenberger, 30, 6’2”, 195lbs. was murdered early Friday morning October 24, 2003 in the driveway of his home located at 2211 East 37th St. Des Moines, Iowa. If you remember seeing a vehicle or a person(s) around Corey’s home during this particular time, or if you have heard anyone talking about anything that might be pertinent to this case please contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515 223-1400.
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