May 6, 2024

DENISON, Iowa - Around 7:30 p.m. on May 5, 2024, officers from the Denison Police Department arrested a 61-year-old male for public intoxication. The subject was placed into a lone jail cell.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on May 6, 2024, while conducting a scheduled welfare check, Crawford County jail staff discovered the subject had become unresponsive. Crawford County jail staff, deputies and EMS performed CPR on the subject and transported him to the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison where he was later pronounced deceased. 

The male subject was identified by a family member as Abraham Gatwech Ngor of Denison. A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for May 8, 2024, at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to investigate the death of Ngor.

No further details will be released at this time.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes seven 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, Professional Development and Support Services Division, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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