Update: On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at approximately 8:35 p.m., emergency responders were called to 86 Aniston Street in Iowa City by concerned family members who observed through a window of the residence Latoya Smith laying on the bathroom floor.

Upon entry into the locked residence, Iowa City Police discovered the deceased bodies of Latoya Smith and Floyd Rush. The subsequent investigation determined that Rush shot Smith several times with a handgun before turning the handgun on himself. Both Smith and Rush died of their injuries caused by the handgun at the scene. The investigation determined the deaths occurred after 8:30 a.m. and before 2 p.m. on September 15, 2020. It was further determined that no other people were in the residence at the time of death.

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Johnson County Attorney’s Officer and the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Issued on 09/18/2020: 

The deceased in the suspicious deaths investigation that began on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, have been identified as Latoya Patrice Smith, 45, of 86 Aniston St. in Iowa City and Floyd Lowell Rush, 49, also of 86 Aniston St. Police believe this is an isolated event and remains under active investigation. No further information will be released at this time.

Issued 09/16/2020:

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at about 8:35 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the 100 block of Aniston Street, in Iowa City, for a report of an unconscious female in the residence. Upon their arrival, a deceased adult female and a deceased adult male were found inside the residence.

The deaths are being treated as suspicious and are under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Attorney’s Office, and Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office. The names of the deceased are not yet being released, pending appropriate notifications.

No further information will be released at this time.

Date of publication

Tuesday, September 22, 2020