POLICE: Marshalltown teen fell from communications tower, died of blunt force trauma

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UPDATE: The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny performed an autopsy on the body of Corey Brown on Tuesday. Police say preliminary autopsy results reveal that Brown suffered a significant head injury and died because of a blunt force trauma injury.

Police found Brown’s body at a communication tower site located in the 900-1000 block of West Iowa Avenue in Marshalltown. Police say the investigation reveals that Brown climbed over a secure fence to enter the tower site. Brown then climbed onto the communication tower and fell from an undetermined distance. The fall resulted in a traumatic head injury.

The investigation remains active at this time. Police say the autopsy results are preliminary and will not be final until toxicology testing has been completed. Those results will not be available for 6-8 weeks.

Police say there is no evidence that indicates criminal activity relating to this missing person/death investigation.


The Marshalltown Police Department just posted to Facebook saying 13-year-old Corey Brown was found dead Sunday.

They say Corey’s body was found Sunday morning at around 10:45 a.m. They say he was found in a secluded area on the west side of Marshalltown.

“At this time, there is no evidence or information that indicates criminal activity is connected to this missing person/death investigation. However, this is still an active investigation and all possible scenarios will be thoroughly investigated.”

The Brown family requests everyone honor and respect their privacy. The family wishes to thank the Marshalltown/Marshall County community for all of their support during this difficult time. The family also thanks the public safety personnel, and volunteers, who worked diligently during the search for Corey.

Here is their post on Facebook:



MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA – A central Iowa community already hard-hit by tragedy in the past year, is hoping to avoid another.

Marshalltown authorities are offering a reward in the search for a 13-year-old boy. They say Corey Brown walked out of his family’s house late Tuesday, after an alleged argument, and he has not been seen since.

In the depth of winter temperatures, police are asking everyone to check their properties for any signs of Corey.

“We don’t know where Corey is at this point. Anything is possible, and it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack, so we have to look everywhere,” Chief Mike Tupper with the Marshalltown Police Department says.

If you have any information, please contact the Marshall County Crimestoppers.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to Corey’s return.


Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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