Man identified in death investigation

$500 reward offered for information leading to an arrest

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime scene vehicle was parked in the driveway at 724 Kendall Young Road as law enforcement continued the investigation Wednesday into a death at the residence. Gregory Allen Pekkala, the owner of the property, was identified as the deceased man that sheriff’s deputies found when they were called to do welfare check Tuesday. A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

The identity of a man found deceased at a rural Webster City residence Monday morning has been released by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Gregory Allen Pekkala, 59, of Webster City, was named by the Sheriff’s Office as the man deputies found dead Tuesday morning.

Deputies were called to 724 Kendall Young Road shortly after 9 a.m. Monday for a welfare check, which occurs when someone calls the Sheriff’s Office and requests that deputies check on a person to make sure there’s nothing wrong with them.

Online records of the Hamilton County Assessor’s Office list Pekkala as the owner of the property.

His body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.

Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said there is no reason to believe that there is an ongoing threat to the citizens of the county.

Anyone with information about the activity at 724 Kendall Young Road is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (515) 832-9500.

Hamilton County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. To submit a tip:

¯ Call (800)-873-TIPS (8477);

¯ Visit https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx to fill out an online form

¯ Text a tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) then type the keyword “IA40” before typing a message

¯ Call the local tip line, 832-8437

Those submitting tips can remain anonymous.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office with the death investigation.