April 29, 2016

AGE: 52

DIED: APRIL 28, 2008

Hometown: Mystic

On April 28, 2008 at approximately 9:50 p.m., Chuck Deatsch was shot and killed at his residence in rural Mystic. Authorities said the bullet that hit and killed Deatsch came from a single shot outside his home that came in through the home’s front window.

Chuck and his wife, Liz, farmed their 700 acres together and were actively involved throughout the community. The day of his murder, they’d taken down a fence that separated the farm ground they’d owned for years from the land where their home stood. They’d owned the house for almost a year, but had lived there less than a month.

After settling in for the night — Chuck working on the computer in one room and Liz reading a book in the living room — Liz heard their dogs, Joe and Annie, barking to come in. She went to the front door and called for them in the light of the porch; Annie came in, but Joe did not. When Liz returned to the living room, Joe was at the back door... something out of the ordinary.

Still, she let the dog in and sat back down to continue reading when she heard the sound of a gunshot. She jumped up and went to the kitchen to look outside, then turned around expecting to see Chuck coming down the hall to question the noise. When moments passed and he did not come, Liz made her way to the den where she found her husband lying on the floor.

Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson said it appeared to be a random act. A $40,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Deatsch’s death has thus far gone unclaimed.

The death of Chuck Deatsch has been and continues to be investigated by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Officials have followed up on several leads, conducted neighborhood canvasses and interviewed numerous individuals throughout the investigation.