Police identify homicide victim found near Des Moines River Monday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have identified the man found dead near the Des Moines River Monday evening.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Hartford Avenue at 5:59 p.m. after a citizen reported finding an unresponsive person on the ground near the south bank of the Des Moines River.

Officers found 43-year-old Des Moines resident Javier Moncada dead at the scene. Police say he suffered a gunshot wound prior to his death.

“Observations at the scene indicate that his death is the result of a homicide,” Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said in a press release.

Des Moines police detectives are investigating the incident. This is Des Moines’ fifth homicide of 2021.

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