Des Moines, Iowa –A body that was found in rural southern Floyd County on Friday has been positively identified as 28-year-old Michael Johns, the individual reported missing from Grundy County in October, according to a release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
The release states that on Friday, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a body that was discovered near 290th Street and Shadow Avenue in rural Floyd County, about 10 miles south of Charles City. This is the area where law enforcement had previously requested the public’s assistance regarding Johns. The body found at the scene was subsequently transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) in Ankeny, Iowa.
On Saturday, an autopsy was completed at the IOSME by Dr. Dennis Klein and the body was identified as that of Johns. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, the cause of death is not being released at this time.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Johns’ disappearance and his death.