The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate a double homicide that occurred in Carroll County on Sunday. Autopsies on both bodies were completed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny by Dr. Dennis Klein.
Karl Allen Devore
Tammie Lee Devore
Through the completed autopsies, both victims were positively identified as a mother and son, 48-year old Tammie Lee Devore, and 30-year old Karl Allen Devore, respectively. Both deaths are classified as homicides.
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, at approximately 9:50 P.M., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an unconscious individual at 129 Carroll Street, Lot #5, in Glidden. Upon arrival and through further investigation, law enforcement officials discovered two deceased individuals at the residence, one adult male and one adult female.
Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and the public should not be concerned for their safety. Iowa DCI special agent Chad Fieldler, speaking at a press conference Tuesday at the Carroll County Courthouse, said no one has been arrested. He refused to discuss a possible motive in the case. Fieldler would not say how the two were murdered.
Back in 1991, Tammie Devore was living in an apartment in Council Bluffs that caught fire and killed her three other sons, a one-month-old, a 4-year-old, and a 2-year old. Investigators said one of the children was playing with a lighter that ignited a Christmas tree. Devore had a history of drug problems and run-ins with law enforcement. Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said Devore had dozens of cats in her mobile home and animal rescue workers occasionally visited the home and took some of the animals.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding this double homicide to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 792-4393.