Missing Ottumwa Woman’s Husband Charged with First-Degree Murder


Ottumwa police say an arrest has been made in connection to a missing Ottumwa woman who was found dead on Sunday.

61-year-old Gregory Allen Showalter turned himself in Tuesday morning at the Wapello County Law Enforcement Center. Gregory is the husband of 60-year-old Helen Showalter who was reported missing Saturday. Helen’s remains were found in the Des Moines River in rural Wapello County Sunday afternoon.

Preliminary findings say Helen’s death was the result of foul play, according to police. Gregory has been charged with first-degree murder (Class A felony) and felon in possession of a firearm (Class D felony).

Court records did not indicate a preliminary court appearance at the time of publication.

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