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Female body was found in the Shellrock River near 390th St and Raven Ave

posted 10/7/22

On Friday, September 16, 2022 at proximately 11:12 a.m., the Worth County Sheriff's Office received a 911, in reference to a body being found in the Shell Rock River along 390th Street by Raven Avenue. The female body was later identified as Melissa Jo Olson of Northwood. The Division of Criminal Investigation was called in to assist the Worth County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. 
Since that time, the Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Worth County Sheriff's Office have been continuing to investigate and gather information as well as conduct further testing. Results from further testing and the completion of reports may take several weeks to finalize. We ask for your patience, as it is important to only provide accurate and verified information in any investigation. With any investigation it is important that misinformation is not disseminated and only verified facts. 
We are still seeking information from the public in reference to this investigation. If anyone was with Melissa during the week prior to September 16th or had observed a female walking in the area of 390th Street and Raven Avenue on September 15th or 16th, please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation or the Worth County Sheriff's Office. All information can be provided to Special Agent Ryan Herman at (319)-217-1580 or Deputy Bryon Olson at (641)-324-2481. 

Female body was found in the Shellrock River near 390th St and Raven Ave

posted 9/17/22

On 9/16/2022 a female body was found in the Shell Rock River near 390th St and Raven Ave. The body
recovered was identified as Melissa Jo Olson of Northwood. The incident is being investigated by the
Worth County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa DNR, Iowa Division of Criminal
Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Worth County Emergency Management, Mason City Fire Department,
Kensett Fire Department, and Worth County Secondary Roads.
If anyone observed a female, mid-forties, with brown hair, approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall, walking in
rural Worth County, in the area of Highway 65 and along 390 th Street, between Manly and Northwood
on Thursday, September 15 into the morning hours of Friday, September 16, they are encouraged to
contact law enforcement.
If anyone has any information regarding this investigation, please contact Special Agent Ryan Herman of
the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (319)-217-1580 or [email protected]

Single Vehicle Accident - Northwood

posted 6/22/22

On 1/12/19 at approximately 5:00 a.m. a vehicle was seen coming over the viaduct on 8th Street N in Northwood traveling south at a high rate of speed. A Worth County Deputy pulled out behind to pursue when the Deputy witnessed the vehicle run through the four-way stop light at Central Ave and 8th St, where the vehicle still moving at high rate of speed subsequently struck a power line pole and a tree. The driver, identified as Ruei Gatkuoth of Albert Lea, MN was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by, Northwood Fire Co., Mason City Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

The accident is still under investigation.

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