The brutal murder of Realtor Ashley Okland in West Des Moines in early April remains unsolved, and now the disappearance of the 53 year old woman who reported the crime is keeping police on their toes.
According to AgentGenius, the woman recently threatened suicide, but the incident was averted when her mother called the police. Now, as she is nowhere to be found, her mother has filed a missing persons report, but police do not believe the woman’s disappearance is directly related to Okland’s murder.
Both cases are still open, while the reward for information relating to Okland’s case has risen to $75,000. To date, while many leads have been followed and four search warrants have been executed, no suspects have been named. It is believed that the culprit is also a real estate agent, and a “scruffy looking” man.
“The detective told me he’s not found one person that has one bad thing to say about her – not one person,” Deb Cochran, Okland’s mother, said to the Des Moines Register. “He said: ‘Your daughter was a saint.’ “