Authorities Identify Man Found Dead in West Des Moines Ditch

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Authorities have identified the man found dead in a ditch near I-80 earlier this week.

Authorities identified him as 42-year-old Yohanes Gebrehiwot of Des Moines. He was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department on Feb. 13. Police say his death does not appear to be due to a criminal act.

Gebrehiwot’s body was discovered in a ditch along Wendover Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt. Dan Wade with the West Des Moines Police Department said, “We do not believe this death is the result of a criminal act. Our investigators are working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the official cause of death.”

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