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Funeral held for Iowa woman found dead near Hastings

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Funeral held for Iowa woman found dead near Hastings
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Carrie Elaine Olson, 29, Davenport Iowa, was laid to rest Saturday, April 12, as Davenport Police became the lead agency in investigating her death. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has yet to indicate a cause or manner of death.


Olson’s body was discovered April 5 in rural Ravenna Township, south of Hastings. She had been last seen more than three months ago in the Davenport/Rock Island area.

On Friday, the Davenport Assistant Police Chief Don Schaffer announced that his department will be the lead agency in the investigation.

“We are not ready to comment on the case, said Captain Dale Sievert of the investigations division Tuesday. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Schaffer did confirm that Davenport Police have possession of Olson’s car.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office did handle some of the initial investigation, including scene work where the body was discovered. Olson’s body was discovered by the landowner.

Davenport police said they began looking into Olson’s whereabouts when she failed to show up for work Dec. 30. She was seen pumping gas at a 7-Eleven store in Rock Island shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 29. Around 3:30 a.m. the next day, she again was seen at the convenience store. That was the last known sighting of her.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday in Davenport. She was the daughter of David and Karen Olson of Davenport. According to the obituary posted by the funeral home, she is also survived by a sister.

She was employed at her family’s business, Dave’s Floor Trends.

Jane Lightbourn
(651) 319-4503