03/20/2019 Update:

The victim of the car fire on Monday, March 18, 2019, has been identified as Donald Lee Schrader, 72, of Iowa City. The investigation has determined that no suspicious circumstances or crimes are being considered regarding the cause of the fire, which was determined to have originated in the passenger compartment area. Results from an autopsy to determine the cause of death will not be available for up to several weeks. The investigation remains open, pending those results.


On Monday, March 18, 2019, at 10:49 p.m., Iowa City Police and Fire personnel responded to the parking lot of 1213 Gilbert Court for a report, by a witness, of an occupied vehicle that was on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and confirmed that the vehicle was occupied. The subject inside the vehicle was deceased. Iowa City Police investigators responded to the scene and are investigating the incident to determine the circumstances, including whether a crime occurred. As this is an ongoing investigation, no other information is currently available for release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. Refer to Case# 2019002539.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

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