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Body found in Ralston Creek identified by Iowa City police; foul play not suspected

Ralston Creek at S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City
Ralston Creek at S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — Jonathan Guerrero — the man found dead in an Iowa City creek on Monday — had a big heart and was “full of life,” his brother said Wednesday.

“He was a great guy,” said Israel Guerrero, Jonathan’s oldest brother. “He would put people before himself. He was that kind of guy.”

Iowa City police on Wednesday identified Jonathan Guerrero, 26, as the man found Monday in Ralston Creek in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street. Guerrero’s body was found by a nearby resident who alerted police.

Police said they do not think foul play led to Guerrero’s death.

“Investigators do not believe suspicious or criminal circumstances are involved,” police said in a news release Wednesday.

Israel Guerrero said his younger brother, who worked at Casa Azul in Coralville as a server and manager, liked to spend time with his friends and family. He had been splitting his time living between Iowa City and with family in West Liberty.

Police still are investigating the death. The public is asked to contact the police department with any information about Guerrero’s whereabouts on or around Sunday.

Israel Guerrero said Jonathan went out to eat with some friends at the Vine in Iowa City on Sunday night. Jonathan later met up with friends at Bardot, a bar a block away from where his body was found. Israel said his brother was with friends, but they left when Jonathan wanted to stay downtown.

How Guerrero ended up in Ralston Creek still is a mystery, however.

“There’s so many things that could have happened,” Israel Guerrero said.


Autopsy results are pending from the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office. Guerrero’s death is not thought to be connected to the body found Monday afternoon under the Highway 6 bridge at the Iowa River.

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