Investigators seek information about digging in wildlife area

TOLEDO — Tama County authorities are keeping quiet about a recent push seeking the public’s help with information about any digging in a wilderness area outside of town 17 years ago.

According to press release issued this week, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office recently obtained information from a mushroom hunter, and investigators want to compare it with other accounts of similar activity.

“Any person who may have seen suspicious vehicles, activity or evidence of fresh digging in the Lohberger Wildlife Refuge which is northwest of Toledo in April or May of 2000, please contact us,” read the release signed by Detective Bruce Rhoads with the sheriff’s office.

The release seeks information from anyone who have been digging by hand in the wildlife area “for any legitimate purposes that may have left behind fresh dirt/diggings that could be later observed by mushroom hunters in May of 2000.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Rhoads declined to comment. But the 2000 time frame correlates with the disappearance of Cora Ann Okonski, and authorities are preparing for a second trial in her suspected slaying.

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