May 20, 2014

A 48-year-old woman and her 30-year-old son were the victims of homicides Sunday in a trailer house on the south side of Glidden, state and local investigators said in a noon press conference today.

The victims were Tami DeVore and son Karl DeVore, said Chad Fiedler, a special agent for the Division of Criminal Investigation, but he declined to reveal how they died or whether they have any suspects.

"This is a very active investigation, and we are following up on numerous leads," Fiedler said. "And that's why we're also asking for the public's assistance if they have any information - we would like them to come forward so we can speak with them."

Someone reported an unconscious person at the trailer house at 129 Carroll St. - where Tami DeVore lived - about 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Law officers investigated the deaths as homicides not long after they discovered the bodies, Tami's father John DeVore, of Omaha, Neb., told the Daily Times Herald on Monday.

"They asked me what of her friends would be upset with her, and stuff like that," John DeVore said, referring to a Monday morning interview with investigators. "I keep hearing rumors of how they were killed, but (investigators) won't tell me anything. ... They won't tell me if they were shot or what."

DeVore said investigators told him that Tami had been killed but didn't mention Karl's death, of which he later learned from friends. It's unclear they didn't inform him of both deaths on Monday.

A state medical examiner autopsied the bodies late Monday, said Mitch Mortvedt, a DCI assistant field director, but he also declined this morning to reveal the DeVores' causes of death.

Fiedler said today that evidence from the crime scene and the autopsies "indicates both of their deaths were the results of homicide."

Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass added: "Investigators believe this is an isolated incident, and the public should not be concerned for their safety."

Tami DeVore was a woman who hoarded cats as a way to cope with the deaths of her three young boys, who perished in a Council Bluffs apartment fire more than 20 years ago. Her story was told in a Times Herald series of articles in November.

Sheriff's deputies found more than 50 cats in her home last year during a search for drugs, but just 10 cats and four dogs were found in the home on Sunday.

Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said today that volunteers with Animal Rescue of Carroll will tend DeVore's animals.

John DeVore said today that his son and other family members have gathered at his Omaha house and are planning a funeral, which is expected to be in Carroll County.

"I lost my daughter and my grandson," he said, "and I have no clue what happened."