June 19, 2021

TRAER, Iowa - Earlier today, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Ryan Cooper, who was found deceased yesterday in rural Tama County. The pathologist has ruled Cooper’s cause of death as a homicide; and manner of death as a gunshot wound. 

The investigation is ongoing. If the general public has information that they believe of importance in this matter, please contact the Tama County Sheriff's Office at 641-484-3760.

There is no threat to the community. No further information will be provided at this time. 

June 18, 2021 Press Release


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.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
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