The Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle that ended up in a ditch just outside the Vinton city limits on Wednesday, near West 5th turns into 59th Street. Deputies, along with several Iowa State Patrol officers and members of the Vinton Police Department, searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. Airplanes, K-9 units and officers on foot were involved in the search.
Authorities had acted on a tip that the suspects in the stolen vehicle had fled on foot into a cornfield.
A woman was seen walking on a gravel road near the accident site, said Sheriff Ron Tippett. After being taken to the hospital, the woman told officers she did not know the two male subjects that were with her in the car; she claimed she had just met them at the home of another friend.
No charges have yet been filed, says Tippett, but the investigation continues. Anyone with information involving this case should call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 319-472-2337.