James Klever charged with murder of Rachel Reuter, her body still missing
An Iowa man has been charged with the murder of a woman he met on a dating app, as police continue to search for his remains.
James shiloh klever, 46, faces first degree murder charges in the murder of Rachel Reuter, 30, missing since June.
“Investigators believe that in the early morning hours of June 13, 2021, Mr. Klever killed Ms. Reuter at the Bondurant residence, although her remains have not been found,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a report. release on November 3.
Officials said Reuter’s father reported his disappearance to the Urbandale Police Department on June 16. She was last seen leaving a Super 8 motel with Klever days earlier, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. reported. The evidence ultimately led investigators to a property in Bonduran, Iowa, about 14 miles northeast of Des Moines. Authorities now suspect that Klever murdered Reuter in this house on June 13.
When questioned by police, Klever told authorities he met Reuter through an online dating site and left her in an apartment complex on June 12. However, the 46-year-old “could not provide an exact address or location,” according to a search warrant.
Klever eventually admitted to killing Reuter, according to the criminal complaint of the case obtained by Oxygen.com. He told detectives he had beaten her to death with a baseball bat.
“This is the most tragic end to the missing person’s case,” said Lt. Ryan Evans of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Oxygen.com Friday. “It’s always difficult, this kind of case. We always hope for the best and obviously try to investigate as quickly as possible so that we don’t have something like this.
Physical evidence, including DNA and the sighting of a witness, also linked Klever to Reuter’s murder, according to the complaint.
Klever was held in a Polk County jail on Wednesday, according to online prison records. Klever was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators are now trying to locate Reuter’s remains.
“We haven’t found it yet,” Evans added.
This week, authorities declined to comment on the exact scope of the search or the exact area law enforcement is focusing their search efforts on while trying to locate the woman’s body. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations is also assisting local law enforcement in this matter.
Evans said Reuter was originally from Cassville, Wisconsin, and had family in the state.
“She had been in the area for a while,” Evans said.
Klever is held on a $ 1 million bond. His next court date is scheduled for November 12 at 1 p.m. It is not known whether the Bondurant man retained the services of a lawyer in the open case.
No further information was released by authorities regarding Reuters’ investigation into the death this week. The Polk County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to Oxygen.com’s requests for comment on the case on Friday afternoon.
Investigators are asking the public for help in locating Reuter’s remains. Anyone who may have had contact with Reuter or Klever in June is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 515-286-3334.
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