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Police searching for material witness in connection to Des Moines' 18th homicide of the year

Although police have located the material witness' 2006 Jeep Commander, the search for 54-year-old Scott L. Lowery himself remains ongoing.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have located the vehicle of a material witness in a homicide investigation, but the person has not been found yet.

The news comes just days after police were called to perform a wellness check at a home in the 1600 block of Glenwood Drive the morning of Monday, Dec. 12. 

Upon arrival, they found the body of 51-year-old Natasha Lue Jean Williams of Des Moines. The other person officers were looking for during the wellness check hasn't been named.

"We've been able to identify several people that have been in the home over the past few days. We've ruled a lot of them out as being someplace else, not having anything to do with the incident. So now we're working towards narrowing that down a little bit more," said Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police.

It is still unclear who asked police to go the home.

Following the discovery, police announced Tuesday they were searching for 54-year-old Scott L. Lowery of Des Moines in connection to the homicide investigation, as they believe he has critical information for the case. 

Although police were able to locate Lowery's 2006 Jeep Commander, the search for Lowery himself remains ongoing.

Lowery is approximately 5-foot-10 and weighs around 190 lb. 

Police believe there is no ongoing threat to the neighborhood. This marks the 18th Des Moines homicide of 2022.

Residents who spoke to Local 5 said that while they generally feel safe in the area. Some worry about the impact that the event will have on kids in the community.

"Families across the street from the house have children. All the families on this side of the aisle have kids. So I think for the kids in particular, I'm worried that they're not going to feel safe in their own neighborhood," said Darrell Lewis, a resident of the neighborhood. 

Police ask that you call detectives at 515-283- 4864 or  share information to Crimestoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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