Body found in backyard shed under investigation

‘At this time, the subject’s name and manner of death are unknown’

Authorities continue to investigate the death of an individual whose body was found in a shed behind a vacant Fort Dodge house Tuesday evening.

Police had no additional information to release about the case Wednesday.

“At this time, the subject’s name and manner of death are unknown,” police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said in written statement.

The body was found in a metal shed behind the house at 1216 First Ave. N. by neighbors who smelled a strong odor. Fort Dodge police were notified at 7:26 p.m. Tuesday.

The body was sent to the state medical examiners office in Ankeny for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Mark Gargano, the deputy Webster County medical examiner, said Tuesday that the body was “pretty decomposed” and he was unable to determine its gender.

A neighbor said the house at 1216 First Ave. N. has been vacant for more than three months. It is owned by M & D Enterprises Inc., of Fort Dodge.

Anyone who may have information about the situation is urged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department or Webster County Crime Stoppers.

The Police Department can be reached at 573-1426.

Webster County Crime Stoppers can be reached anonymously by calling 573-1444, visiting or by texting “LEC” and the information to CRIMES (274637).