Body in Iowa house was kidnapping suspect's mom

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says the woman found dead in a western Iowa farmhouse during a kidnapping investigation is the kidnapping suspect's mother.

Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said Friday that 21-year-old Kirk Riley Levin's mother, Marilyn Schmitt, was the woman found dead in the farmhouse in Early, 100 miles northwest of Des Moines.

Sheriff Ken McClure says a 21-year-old woman told investigators that Levin assaulted her and told her he was kidnapping her after showing up at her home Thursday morning asking for a ride to the house. He says she managed to get away and get help from a local resident.

Levin was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than two years for burglary. Investigators found him hiding in a barn Thursday and arrested him.

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Authorities on Friday were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a western Iowa farmhouse during the search for a man suspected of kidnapping another woman days after he got out of prison.

Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said an area resident called 911 Thursday morning to report encountering a 21-year-old woman trying to run from a vehicle about a half-mile from the farmhouse in Early, a town 100 miles northwest of Des Moines.

The woman told investigators that Kirk Riley Levin, a 21-year-old acquaintance who got out of prison on Tuesday after serving time for burglary, showed up at her home in Storm Lake and asked for a ride to the farmhouse, about 15 miles away. She said he assaulted her and told her she was being kidnapped, and that she escaped and went to seek help, McClure said.

Officers found Levin hiding in a barn and arrested him Thursday. They also found the body of another woman at the farmhouse whose death is suspicious, McClure said. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday to determine the cause of death.

Levin remained jailed Friday on preliminary charges of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, assault while participating in a felony, and third-degree kidnapping. His case hadn't been entered into the online court database as of Friday afternoon, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney yet.

Levin was released New Year's Day from the prison in Mount Pleasant after serving a little more than two years of a five-year sentence for third-degree burglary, Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta said. Iowa prison terms are frequently reduced if inmates stay out of trouble while incarcerated.

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