BREAKING UPDATE: Police say Iowa City homicide victim died from “sharp force injuries”

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Iowa City Police are investigating after finding a woman’s body.

Police were called to 114 Green Mountain Dr. Friday just before 7 a.m. for a report of an unresponsive woman.

The woman’s name has not be released.

This is a developing story, stick with KWWL on air and online for updates.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800.


UPDATE: Iowa City Police have identified a woman’s body found in a home.

Police say JoEllen Browning, 65, was found dead in her home at 114 Green Mountain Dr. on Friday morning.

Authorities say based on preliminary autopsy results, her death is being investigated as a homicide.

No other details are being released.


UPDATE: The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic’s has confirmed the victim of an Iowa City homicide, was a long time senior-level employee.

JoEllen Browning was a 42-year-employee in the University of Iowa’s Health Care organization. Browning worked as a senior-level finance leader for UIHC. In a statement from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic’s, Browning was described as a devoted and outstanding team member, and that the organization is “deeply saddened” by her loss.

Photo: JoEllen Browning from Obituary via Lensing

A long time neighbor, Randy Stevens was shocked after learning the news. He had just seen Browning walking her dog, just days before she was found dead. According to Stevens nothing like this has ever happened in the neighborhood before and that Browning will be missed.

“The neighborhood has suffered a terrible loss with the loss of JoEllen, that’s what I would say. The neighbors all felt probably as strongly, or even stronger than I did about JoEllen. Especially the neighbors even closer than us,” said Stevens.

Officers with the Iowa City Police Department were still present at the scene, Monday morning. According to the Department’s Public Information Officer, Sgt. Frank, investigators are continuing to process the scene for evidence.

At this time, the investigation has not narrowed down the suspect pool. Therefore, Iowa City Police are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and practice safe habits, as a risk to the public has not been ruled out.

According to an obituary, Browning is survived by her husband, Roy Jr. and her two children, Matthew and Elizabeth. Browning was planning to retire in February and was director of operating budgets for UI Health Care. To read more about Browning, read her full obituary here.

A visitation is scheduled for Browning, April 10th from 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, more information can be found here.


UPDATE: An updated release from the Iowa City Police Department on JoEllen Browning’s death has determined that the 65-year-old woman died from the “result of sharp force injuries.”

The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office returned the determination in the homicide investigation on Wednesday. Browning was found dead inside her home early on the morning of Friday, April 5 in the 100 block of Green Mountain Drive in Iowa City. Police also say they have finished processing the crime scene, while tips and information in the case are still “being reviewed as they are received” by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa City Police Department.

No suspects have been named publicly in the case, as of Wednesday.

KWWL Staff

KWWL Staff

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