Sunday evening accident sends authorities on hunt

Fort Madison Police officer Dustin Fullhart stands by as a vehicle involved in a Sunday evening accident is pulled from the woods just off the south crest of Old Denmark Hill. The accident triggered a three-agency search for a possibly armed suspect who may have been connected to the accident, but officials couldn't confirm any details Sunday night. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – An accident that happened at about 5 p.m. on Sunday on the south crest of Old Denmark Hill sent local authorities into action looking for a suspect, thought to be armed.

Law enforcement from the Fort Madison Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa State Patrol began a search that lasted about 90 minutes in the vicinity of 10th Street to 15th Street in the woods just south of where a motorist rolled a vehicle on Old Denmark Hill.

Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig said at about 5 p.m., maybe slightly before, a report came in about a crash.

Area law enforcement officers were staged at the top of Old Denmark Hill as a search wrapped up for a suspect that may be connected to an accident that happened Sunday evening at the south crest of the stretch of roadway. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

“According to witnesses one occupant got out and tried to flee the area, but was either stopped or medical found her in the woods. She’s at the hospital now with unknown injuries,” he said.

“There was an indication there might have been a second party in the car, which is why we have all the response here and the dog,” he said.

He said the woman was confused when questioned and the information the police have at this time is sketchy. But he said police did pick up another person on warrants from a name the woman gave, but Sittig said he’s not sure if the suspect is connected to the incident or not.

“I haven’t been down to the police station so I don’t know if he’s clean or all muddy or what,” Sittig said.

Several witness at the scene said they heard four to five gun shots from different locations near the wooded area, but Sittig said he couldn’t confirm any weapons had been fired, or if the reports were even related to the accident.

“We don’t know at this time if those were related to that or not,” he said. “We’ve had people say they heard that, but I had another guy who said it was so rapid it sounded like Black Cats going off.”

No information on the victim of the accident or the man arrested on warrants was available as of this posting.

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