Public Safety

Sheriff's office mum on what led investigators to Coralville Lake in death investigation

TIFFIN — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office found Noah Herring’s body in Coralville Lake, but is not commenting on what led authorities to look there for the missing teen.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Brad Kunkel told The Gazette on Thursday that Herring’s body was found Saturday with assistance from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers. When asked how the sheriff’s office knew to look in the lake for Herring, Kunkel said he could not comment.

Herring, 15, was last seen in Tiffin around 3 p.m. April 7. Kunkel said the boy’s mother reported him missing roughly 24 hours later, and an Operation Quickfind was launched April 9. The sheriff’s office announced Saturday that Operation Quickfind was canceled and said Monday the case had shifted to a death investigation.

Herring’s death is being treated as suspicious, though authorities have not said what led them to that conclusion. Kunkel said Thursday search warrants have been obtained, but he would not say how many people have been interviewed as part of the investigation.

Other aspects of the case Kunkel said the sheriff’s office cannot comment on include where in Tiffin the teen was seen, who last saw him and whether he had any suspicious injuries when he was found.

The sheriff’s office is not commenting on how Herring got to Coralville Lake. The distance from Tiffin to the Scales Pointe Campground is about 10 miles.

The sheriff’s office has asked for help from anyone who was boating or fishing on Coralville Lake near the campground or the area known as Diving Rock on April 7.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.