July 7, 2021

PALO, Iowa - On Saturday July 3, law enforcement officials were called to investigate two individuals found deceased inside a vehicle parked in the Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in rural Linn County.  Those two individuals have been identified as:

Cody Michael Rhodes-Age 31

Courtney Lynne Rhodes-Age 27

The Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies over the holiday weekend.  Autopsy results are pending and the Cause of Death and Manner of Death is yet to be determined.  The investigation is ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time. 


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
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319