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These central Iowa police departments have requested information from the public to help solve local crimes. Click on a link below to see current requests. 

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9/23/2014  Missing Iowa Sate Student

Tong Shao, 20, was last seen on September 8, 2014 while visiting Iowa City. Police say she told friends she was on her way to Minnesota but no one has heard or seen her since.

Ames Police say Shao lost her phone prior to her disappearance. They say since she is an international student, originally from China, the investigation is proving even more difficult. Police are hoping someone has seen or spoken to Shao but are becoming more concerned with each passing day.

If you have any information you are urged to call either:

  • Ames Police at 515-239-5133
  • Story County Crime Stoppers 515 382-7577
  • Iowa City Crime Stoppers 319-358-8477
  • Polk County Crime Stoppers 515-223-1400

8/12/2014 - Urbandale Police Seek Leads in Bar Shooting. Urbandale police are still investigating a weekend shooting at a bar that left three people injured, but have not identified any suspects. Officers responded to Euro Bar, 7625 Hickman Road, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. They found a 22-year old man with a gunshot wound to his wrist and a 21-year-old man who had been shot in the foot, police said. A third victim, a 20 year-old woman, later went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her thigh stemming from the same incident, officials said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the parking lot after bar staff removed several people involved in a confrontation inside.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400

7/10/2014 - Sexual Assault of a 4 Year Old.  The Des Moines Police Department is investigating the sexual assault of a 4 yr old that occurred on July 9th 2014 at approximately 11:30 am.  The assault happened near 5528 Meredith Dr. in Des Moines.  The male suspect led the victim to a tree line behind some garages where the assault took place.  The victim ran home shortly after and reported the incident to her mother who called the police. The victim was not physically harmed and was only able to provide a limited description of the suspect—an adult size black male wearing a white shirt and green and black shorts.  Des Moines Police Detectives are diligently investigating this case working to identify the suspect.

Anyone who may have seen an individual wearing similar clothes in the area of the apartments at 5528 Meredith or 5423 Aurora is asked to contact Des Moines Detective Kelly at 515-283-1589 or The Polk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 515-223-1400.

The Des Moines Police Department would also like to emphasize the importance of proper and constant supervision of young children.  We would also like to remind parents and families that it is appropriate to remind children frequently about “stranger danger” and the importance of not talking with strangers or going places with them.

Telephone Tip
Tipsters can anonymously report a crime by calling 515-223-1400.

Online Web Tip
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous. Click here for the Online Web Tip Form.

Text Tip
Tipsters now have the option of texting us tips through their cell phone. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us.  
Text "PCCS plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES).

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