BREAKING: Iowa State student found dead in Campustown apartment


Amber Mohmand

Apartment 425 Welch Ave is located in Campustown of Ames.

Updated at 1:56 p.m. Thursday

The Ames Police Department identified the body of an Iowa State student, Emma Timmer after receiving a report that there was a woman who appeared to be dead on the balcony of an apartment. 

Timmer, age 20, was found dead at 425 Welch Ave in apartment 203. She was a resident in the building at apartment 303. Police were called at 11:40 a.m. to the apartment complex. Timmer was a junior from Waterloo, Iowa. She studied in the College of Design majoring in architecture-professional degree. 

As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday

As a result of the preliminary investigation, the Ames Police believes “there is no ongoing threat to the community at this time.” Police arrived at the apartment complex in response to a report of a dead body, the Ames Police Department stated in a news release. Police transferred the person’s body to the state medical examiner’s office. The cause of death can not be determined until the autopsy is complete. The individual’s identity will not be released, as police are in the process of notifying the family. 

“We are saddened to learn of the death of an Iowa State University student who was found today at a Welch Avenue apartment complex off campus,” a letter from the Office of the President stated. “This is a tragic loss, and our condolences are with the family and friends of the victim.”

As Ames Police continue to investigate, anyone with information is encouraged to contact the department at 515-239-5133. 

“We know this news has caused members of our community to feel anxious,” the letter from the Office of the President said. “… As we wait to learn more, we ask that everyone extend care and compassion to one another.”

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The Iowa State Daily will continue to update this article as more information is released.