Public Safety

Authorities identify woman found dead in Muscatine County

Authorities have released the identity of the woman whose body was found Tuesday near Highway 38 in Muscatine County.

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office said the victim has been identified as Lea Renae Ponce, 20, of Fairfield, Iowa.

The sheriff’s office said an autopsy has been completed, but the results are not yet available.

Authorities have not disclosed any information as to the nature of Ponce’s death or whether her death is considered suspicious.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding Ponce’s death is asked to call 563-264-0188, ext. 115.

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