Muscatine woman’s death ruled accidental

FORT MADISON – Autopsy results on a 20-year-old woman who was found dead south of West Point on Aug. 2 show the woman died from blunt force trauma.
Damain Hamann, 28, of Morning Sun has been charged in the case with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, which is a class D felony in Iowa.

Sadie Alvarado, 20, of Muscatine was found alongside 235th Avenue, south of West Point, in Lee County on the morning of August 5th. Lee County Attorney Ross Braden said the case is proceeding with the initial charges but no additional charges are expected to be filed.

“We looked into this case very closely considering circumstances and had a thorough investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the state DCI,” Braden said. “We got autopsy results recently and given everything we discovered in the investigation considering the autopsy and manner of death, we’ve ruled this accidental. There’s nothing at this time that’s inconsistent with Mr. Hamann’s story.”
Braden said Hamann will still be charged, however, with leaving the scene.
“That being said, we still have charges on him regarding the Class D felony. We still allege he violated the law. He was required by law to remain on scene and contact the authorities and the emergency response personnel. He didn’t do that and drove back to Morning Sun that early morning and didn’t return until the following day and then turned himself in. We still maintain that he violated law.”

On Sunday at approximately 10:42 a.m., Aug. 5th, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in reference to a deceased female found on a gravel road located on 235th Avenue, south of West Point, Iowa, in Lee County.

A pretrial hearing in the case has been tentatively set for Nov. 16, with a jury trial set for Dec. 4 in North Lee County Court.

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