04/26/2006

Iowa SD investigates gross highway finds

The Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa- Sheriff's deputies in Henry County are stuck in the middle of a less-than-appetizing investigation.

Investigators are trying to find the person who has dumped bags of what appears to be human vomit in ditches in a 1 1/2-mile area northeast of the city.

Deputy Dan Wesley said as many as 50 garbage and trash bags containing regurgitated food has been dumped over the past three years. The gross deposits have authorities baffled.

"We have done everything short of surveillance out there 24/7," Wesley said. "We have no ideas right now, no leads or anything about where to look."

Bags, ranging in size from small white trash bags to large black lawn bags, have been found with only a couple of inches of the substance in them, Wesley said.

"It's pretty weird," he said. "We haven't worked anything like this before."

A sample was taken from one of the bags and sent to a private lab for analysis. "We haven't found any DNA or anything yet," Wesley said.

And there no suspects in the case. "We were just hoping," Wesley said, "whoever is doing it will stop."

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