Police Identify Woman Found Dead on Interstate 35 in West Des Moines


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The West Des Moines Police Department is investigating after an Oskaloosa woman’s body was found on Interstate 35 near Mills Civic Parkway on Sunday.

A passerby reported what appeared to be a dead body just off the shoulder of the roadway at mile marker 70.5 on I-35 northbound, just north of Mills Civic Parkway.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 11:50 a.m. and found the body of 38-year-old Stephanie Waddell of Oskaloosa. Preliminary investigation indicates Waddell may have been struck by a vehicle sometime during the overnight hours of May 8 into May 9, according to the West Des Moines Police Department.

West Des Moines police say there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the public. Authorities ask anyone who has any information in the case to contact the West Des Moines Police tip line at 515-222-3399.

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