18-Year-Old Marshalltown Woman Found Dead Monday Morning

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The Marshalltown Police Department says 18-year-old Jazmin Reyes Raya of Marshalltown was found deceased Monday morning around 10 a.m.

Her body was located in a remote area of the Iowa River, about 500 yards northwest of the North Center Bridge Area. Police say at this time there is no evidence that suggests criminal activity is connected to this death. However, the Marshalltown police say this is still an active investigation and all scenarios will be looked into.

Reyes Raya was last seen in the area of 5th Street and Hughes around 7:50 p.m. Friday, according to police. Public safety personnel conducted ground and water searches during the days she was missing.

Reyes Raya’s family previously reported she was autistic and communicated at a childlike level.  Additionally, Reyes Raya had a seizure disorder and was without her daily medication since Friday evening.

The Marshalltown Community School District released a statement today saying:

“We are heartbroken to hear of the devastating news of the passing of former Marshalltown student Jazmin Reyes Raya. She will be dearly missed. School district counselors and other staff have been in touch with the family and will continue to offer support in their time of need.”


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