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Victim identified after police find human remains in Des Moines

DES MOINES — Police have identified the victim in a suspicious death investigation. 23-year-old Marshal Aaron Terrell Johnson of Des Moines was identified throu...

DES MOINES — Police have identified the victim in a suspicious death investigation.

23-year-old Marshal Aaron Terrell Johnson of Des Moines was identified through extensive forensic examination, according to the Des Moines Police Department.

Officers began investigating a suspicious death last week after human remains were found near SW 16th St and MLK Pkwy.

Detectives received information on about a possible death at a homeless camp in a wooded area south of the intersection. They quickly arrived at the scene to begin searching the area and discovered what they believed to be human remains in the area.

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Police say they immediately contacted the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office to assist with the investigation.

“There’s just some indications at the scene, that I really can’t get into the evidence too much, but there are circumstances at the scene that definitely indicate that this does not appear to be a natural death,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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