'Foul play' suspected in death at Meskwaki Settlement

One detained in 'isolated incident', state officials say

Published: February 24 2014 | 5:35 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:06 am in

TAMA — For the second time in less than a month, an investigation of a likely homicide is underway at the Meskwaki Settlement.

Monday night, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said authorities, including the DCI, FBI, Meskwaki Nation Police and Tama County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating a stabbing that left one man dead.

“Foul play is suspected,” Rahn said. “An individual has been detained for questioning.”

Rahn said a 911 call came into Tama County dispatch at 4:52 p.m. The caller, whom Rahn did not identify, said a stabbing had occurred at 1695 340th St. in the Meskwaki Settlement. Responding officers apparently discovered an unresponsive man with an unspecified number of stab wounds.

Authorities were not releasing the name of the deceased man or the person detained. The investigation was ongoing.

DCI Special Agent in Charge Bill Kietzman said the DCI crime scene team was responding to the scene — which was closed off from the public — and investigators also were in the process of obtaining search warrants.

“They’ve got a lot going on,” he said.

Rahn emphasized that the stabbing appeared to be an isolated incident.

On Feb. 5, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, were found dead in their home at 669 Meskwaki Rd. on the Meskwaki Settlement. Their son, Gordon Lasley, Jr., 25, is accused of killing them and faces two counts of first-degree murder.

According to court documents, Lasley Jr. admitted to several family members that he killed his parents with a machete.

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