Death of local developer now considered homicide

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Authorities are now considering a suspicious death investigation as a homicide.

The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Wednesday afternoon on the investigation of a suspicious death in Sioux City.

Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew said that first responders were called to 6533 Morningside Avenue Thursday night for a man down in his residence. The man was identified as David Davenport, 66, of Sioux City. He then passed away on Friday.

Authorities were then called to Davenport’s residence on Sunday morning around 8:21 for a fire. With the fire investigation and after consulting with doctors, the sheriff’s office thought there was something suspicious.

Davenport’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankenny. The preliminary autopsy results indicated homicide by blunt force trauma.

The sheriff’s office with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Fire Marshall’s Office, the Woodbury County Attorney, and the Sioux City Police Department’s drone are all part of the ongoing investigation.

Authorities ask anyone with more information about the incident are asked to call 712-258-TIPS. The sheriff’s office said that they are particularly looking for anyone who may have seen any person or vehicle around the residence Thursday night from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Major Todd Wieck with the sheriff’s office said there is no danger to the public.

The investigation of the fire is being conducted by the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office.

Watch the news conference below.

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