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UPDATED: MUSCATINE, Iowa — The body found Tuesday night in the woods off the north side of Funk’s Hill Road in rural Muscatine has been identified.

The body is that of Isidro Gomez Jr., 27, of Muscatine. Gomez was reported as a missing person to the Muscatine Police Department on Dec. 17, 2007.

The body was identified through fingerprint analysis and dental records, according to the Muscatine County Sheriff Department.

 The case is being treated as a homicide with the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department, Muscatine Police Department and Muscatine County Attorney’s Office investigating the case. The Davenport Police Department and the University of Iowa Pathology Department assisted in the identification of the victim.

 The partially decomposed body was discovered in the heavily wooded area shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday by mushroom hunters, Capt. C.J. Ryan said.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is encouraged to contact Mike Bailey with the Muscatine Sheriff’s Department or Detective Mark Lawrence with the Muscatine Police Department at 563-263-6055.

Slain male found by mushroom hunters

By Melissa Regennitter

EARLIER: MUSCATINE, Iowa — The body found Tuesday night in the woods off the north side of Funk’s Hill Road was that of a male homicide victim, Muscatine authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators are pursuing several leads, said Detective Mike Bailey of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim has not yet been positively identified, said Bailey, who declined to say when or how the man had been killed.

Capt. C.J. Ryan of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, who was at the scene, said that mushroom hunters found the body just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The body was partially decomposed and removed from the scene in the middle of the night, Ryan said.

The area is rural and heavily wooded. Officials lit the scene with a mobile command center and processed the area through the night. Rain coming down through the night made for uncomfortable conditions for officials.

A nearby neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said hearing that there was a body found a few blocks from her home gave her an eerie feeling.

The investigation is being conducted by the Muscatine County Attorney’s Office, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and Muscatine Police Department.

— Melissa Regennitter

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