‘An excellent friend and colleague to many:’ Iowa State police officer dies unexpectedly

Kara Gravert


The Iowa State Police Department announced Monday that one of its officers, Scott Lindley, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Lindley, 25, passed away at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The cause of death has not been released.

On Monday, Iowa State University Police Department published a statement on Twitter  honoring Lindley’s service.

“Officer Lindley was an excellent friend and colleague to many in this community throughout his time working at our department,” the police department wrote in a tweet. “His heroism in the Army National Guard and as a police officer has extended beyond his time here through organ donation, where people will continue to see his positive impact for years to come. Rest in peace, Officer Lindley; we’ll take it from here.”

Lindley enlisted in the Iowa National Guard as a combat engineer and served in Afghanistan in 2013, according to an online obituary.

In an email, Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said, “He served our country with extreme pride in the Army National Guard. I am pleased to have crossed paths with him and my life is truly richer because of that.” 

Lindley went on to graduate from Iowa State University in December 2017 with a degree in criminal justice. In the same month, Lindley was sworn in as an Iowa State police officer. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on April 18, 2018.

Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the Pool Pavilion at Camp Dodge in Johnston. Burial will follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.