Murder in Union

It has been a week since the murder of Steve Reece and the communities is still reeling from it. Steve was born in Eldora and lived in New Providence in his early years. After Graduating from New Providence High School he then joined the Army National Guard.

He was known to be hardworking and dedicated. He retired from doing construction work for over 25 years. Steve was a well known community member of Union. He was known for helping others like giving them rides, paying bills, letting people stay with him. Steve enjoyed the simple things in life like sitting out in his yard or going to the Gingersnap for coffee.


Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. His final resting place will be the Union Cemetery.


(image of Steve Reece)

Last Tuesday, October 12th, at 5:33am the Sheriff's Office received the 911 call. The Union Ambulance, and Eldora Ambulance and deputies dispatched to the residence. When they arrived they found Steve unresponsive. Deputies ruled his death as 'suspicious' and began the investigation.


"As each investigation is different and the crime/scene dictates what approach we need to take. Much like any investigation we want to make certain that we have covered all of our bases and collected as much information/evidence as possible." Sheriff Dave McDaniel said in a written interview, "We obviously want the community to know if there is any type of threat to the general public. In this case we knew there was not."

(Image of Osborn Gavel)

Steve was struck with a crowbar by Osborn Gavel, 22. Gavel was from Arkansas and was staying at Steve's house with another person the night prior. The Sheriff Department is still investigating the murder "We are continuing to tie up any loose ends, so we can assure we are presenting the best possible case to the prosecutor."


The last time the area has seen a 'homicide' was back in 2011 and the last murder was back in 2005. with how rare homicide and murders are in our area not only the community can be hit but so can the sheriffs department. " Everyone is holding up well, while its not something we deal with on a regular basis, we deal with trauma, negativity and tragedy on nearly a daily basis." Sheriff McDaniel said, " Obviously everyone deals with these types of situations differently. Everyone has different coping mechanisms, and we make certain we have resources available if anyone is struggling to deal with a specific situation"


We will continue to follow this case as it proceeds.

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