David Schultz's death was not a homicide, Iowa investigators say

Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have determined that David Schultz, a northwest Iowa trucker who was missing for five months and whose body was eventually found in a field, was not dead by homicide.

Schultz's body showed no signs of trauma or serious injury when it was found in late April, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said at the time.

“Earlier there was speculation that something might have happened to him,” Darrell Simmons, DCI special agent in charge, said Thursday. “But throughout our investigation, the autopsy revealed that no one else had harmed him.”

Simmons declined to comment on whether Schultz died of natural causes.

Schultz, a 53-year-old father of two, was first reported missing by his wife on November 21, 2023. His truck was discovered abandoned on a rural road near Sac City, NW Iowa. There was Schultz's phone and wallet. His jacket was on the side of the road and Schultz's truck was still full of piglets he was transporting.

Hundreds of volunteers then searched for Schultz after he disappeared and rewards were offered for information on his whereabouts. His body was found in a field near his truck on April 24.

No further information will be released about Schultz's death, Simmons told the Register.

“We consider the matter closed and we have nothing further to do,” Simmons said.

José Mendiola is a current affairs reporter for the Register. Contact him at [email protected].

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