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JoEllen Browning stabbed to death, preliminary autopsy report shows

Woman found dead Friday in Iowa City home


IOWA CITY — A woman found dead in her east Iowa City home was stabbed to death, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined JoEllen Browning, who was found dead Friday at 114 Green Mountain Drive, died “as the result of sharp force injuries,” according to a news release from the Iowa City Police Department on Wednesday.

No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made, Iowa City Police Sgt. Derek Frank said.

Browning, 65, was the longtime director of operating budgets for University of Iowa Health Care and planned to retire in February, according to her obituary.

Emergency responders were called to the house — which she and her husband own — around 7 a.m. Friday, according to Iowa City police.

Police said Wednesday that investigators have completed crime scene processing at the Browning residence. Additionally, officials said the police department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have 15 to 20 investigators on the case, fielding an evaluating tips and information from the community.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 319-356-5276 or Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers at 319-358-8477.

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