Man found dead at Webster City was medical professional

Autopsy ordered, authorities seek information

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship
Crime scene tape is draped around property at 724 Kendall Young Road, Webster City, where authorities found the body of Gregory Pekkala Tuesday morning.

WEBSTER CITY — The identity of a man found deceased at a rural Webster City residence Tuesday morning has been released by the Hamilton County sheriff’s office.

Gregory Allen Pekkala, 59, of Webster City, was named by the sheriff’s office as the man deputies found dead Tuesday morning.

According to online records, Pekkala was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and had been employed in the area.

He was affiliated with the Advanced Pain Clinic that has offices in Humboldt, Belmond and Iowa Falls.

Deputies were called to 724 Kendall Young Road shortly after 9 a.m. Monday for a welfare check, which occurs when someone calls the Sheriff’s Office and requests that deputies check on a person to make sure there’s nothing wrong with them.

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship
Authorities in Hamilton County found the body of Gregory Pekkala Monday morning at this property at 724 Kendall Young Road, Webster City.

Online records of the Hamilton County assessor’s office list Pekkala as the owner of the property.

His body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office where an autopsy will be performed.

Officials with the sheriff’s office said there is no reason to believe that there is an ongoing threat to the citizens of the county.

An Advanced Pain Clinic biography states Pekkala graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Nursing in 1987. He earned his Anesthesia Certificate from St. Francis/University of Wisconsin Lacrosse School of Anesthesia in 1992. He was a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Academy of Pain Management. He was retired from the US Army Reserves, having served from 1980 to 2002.

Anyone with information about the activity at 724 Kendall Young Road is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 515-832-9500.

Hamilton County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

To submit a tip:

• Call (800)-873-TIPS (8477);

• Visit www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx to fill out an online form

• Text a tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) then type the keyword “IA40” before typing a message

• Call the local tip line, 832-8437

Those submitting tips can remain anonymous.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Hamilton County sheriff’s office with the death investigation.

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