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Authorities and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa Seek Public's Assistance in Creston Homicide

October 25, 2019

CRESTON, Iowa -- On Valentine’s Day 2018, at approximately 8:17 p.m., officers with the Creston Police Department conducted a welfare check at 300 East Montgomery Street, Apartment 3. Officers found the apartment’s resident, 45-year-old Paul Allen Scheel, deceased. An autopsy the following day showed that Mr. Scheel was the victim of a homicide.

Since February 14, Creston officers and agents with Division of Criminal Investigation’s Major Crime Unit have worked to find the person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Scheel. Despite the work, this case remains unsolved.

Law enforcement and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa are partnering to ask for the public’s assistance. Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa is offering a reward up to $1000 dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the homicide of Mr. Scheel. You can contact Crime Stoppers by going to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa's website at and giving a web tip. You can also download our P3 app to submit a tip or call 515.223.1400. Remember: All tipsters can remain anonymous.


Media Contact:
Special Agent in Charge Adam DeCamp
Phone:  515.250.4912



The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state.  It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.