Marion Harris Homicide
October 09, 2011
Des Moines police said Thursday the fatal shooting of Marion Harris appears to be part of a feud that has been going on for about a year. Harris, 32, died at Mercy Medical Center after being shot about 1 a.m. Sunday at Courtside Bar & Grill, 1014 E. 14th St. Harris is the first to be killed in the feud, police said. Detectives have identified three other shootings involving injuries that may be connected. They did not say which of the shootings in the city over the last year are believed to be part of the feud. But they said with the killing of Harris it appears to be heating up. The specific motive for the slaying of Marion Harris remains unknown. Investigators continue to conduct interviews and seek the shooter. Someone approached Harris at the bar and grill and killed him where he sat. Police have viewed surveillance video taken of the general area at the time of the slaying. Bar owners Ron Williams and his wife, Julie White, said earlier that the shooter walked down the alley next to the bar and fired at Harris, who was outside on the patio.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at 283-4864 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 223-1400.
Ashley Okland Homicide
April 08, 2011
Ashley Okland, a 27-year-old Iowa Realty agent, was shot twice and killed shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2011, while working inside a West Des Moines model townhouse.
A Rottlund Homes employee heard a commotion inside the model townhouse at 558 Stone Creek Court — part of the Stone Creek Villas subdivision near 84th St. and E.P. True Parkway in Des Moines developed by Rottlund Homes — and went to investigate. Inside, the worker discovered Okland on the floor and called 911.
Medics rushed Okland to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where she later died.
There is a reward of up to $150,000 for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the murder. 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.
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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