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Authorities Asking for Public's help in Nashua Murder Case

Posted at: 03/09/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 03/10/2013 2:25 PM
By: BRITTANY LEWIS

(ABC 6 NEWS)--Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the murder case of a Nashua, Iowa man, five months after it happened.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says it is still searching for information on the death of Carl Gallmeyer. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office found Gallmeyer dead in his home in October when they were doing a welfare check on him. The death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators haven’t released the cause of his death, which they say is to protect the investigation. Family and neighbors I spoke with say they don’t know too much either and that the lack of information, has them on edge.

"It kind of makes you wonder what's going on?” said Delbert Pratt.

A locked gate blocks off the driveway to Carl Gallmeyer’s home, where authorities say he was murdered in October. Pratt lives just around the corner.

"My concern was at the time was, uh is this something that's going on in the neighborhood?" said Pratt.

He says a deputy knocked on his door in the early morning hours after they found Gallmeyer.

"Since then I haven't heard nothing from nobody,” said Pratt.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says investigators are still looking for more information. They say Gallmeyer’s home was burglarized at the time of the murder and several items were stolen. They’re asking that if anyone thinks they’ve purchased or received the stolen property to contact police. But that bit of information, isn’t comforting those who live in the area.

"We never used to lock our doors, much or anything, but now it's always locked if we hear anything funny noises or anything we're always up checking right away, not just blowing it off,” said Mathew Goodard, a neighbor.

"I will say that I've never locked my door at all for many years... But she's locked now,” said Pratt.

The secure feeling of rural living, slipping away with the passing days.

"I'm kind of, in uh, older community, not uh with older people in the community and they're really kind of concerned that they're pretty vulnerable with themselves and this type of thing really makes them really be concerned,” said Pratt.

"You just never know, you just always lock the door because you never know, if someone knocks on the door, you never know what's gonna happen now that something in the neighborhood happened like this,” said Goodard.

In addition to the stolen property from Gallmeyer’s home, authorities say if you know of someone who tried to sell electronics, tools, or firearms from late September through early October to contact law enforcement.

 

Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office: 641-394-3121

North Central Iowa Crime Stoppers: 1-800-383-0088

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers: 1-855-300-TIPS (8477)