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Bodies found in Iowa believed to be missing persons in Chino Valley

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:41:10-04

CHINO VALLEY, AZ — Two people reported missing from Chino Valley have been found dead.

Authorities announced Friday that the bodies of 45-year-old David Batten and 28-year-old Elissa Landry were discovered in Iowa.

They were initially reported missing in late April which resulted in authorities calling for a homicide investigation.

The Chino Valley Police Department says it got information regarding the location of Landry’s vehicle and that two bodies were with it in Iowa.

Officers with the Chino Valley Police Department assisted in the investigation, along with the FBI, Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, Evansdale Police Department in Iowa.

On Friday, May 29, the search confirmed Landry’s vehicle was buried on a property and inside the vehicle were the bodies, believed to be Landry and Batten. A medical examiner is working to confirm the identities.

Crews are still working to exhume the vehicle and collect evidence.

Charges against Mitchell Mincks are pending in Yavapai County.