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Suspect arrested in apparent homicide

By Staff | Feb 27, 2014

Estherville police have arrested and charged a 35-year-old man after investigating an apparent homicide Wednesday night at 2302 Third Ave. S. Lot 108.

At 7:58 p.m Wednesday the Estherville Police Department responded to a 911 call to 2302 Third Ave. S. Lot 108 in regards to a person being shot. Upon arrival, officers located a female victim, identified as 30-year-old Michaela Lynne Jordan of Estherville, with a single gunshot wound. Officers determined that Jordan was deceased upon their arrival. Responding officers were able to obtain witness statements that assisted in the case.

The Estherville Police Department, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Emmet County Attorney’s Office, the Emmet County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol conducted a joint investigation into the death of Jordan.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for an Estherville residence located at 721 N. Seventh St. in an attempt to locate the firearm and related evidence of the shooting. The investigators also obtained an arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder, a Class A Felony, for 35-year-old Scott Anthony Sudbeck of Estherville. The warrants were executed at 4:36 a.m. by the H.E.A.T. Tactical Team (High Risk Entry and Arrest Team). During the execution of the warrant, tactical team members arrested Sudbeck in connection with the death of Jordan. Sudbeck was taken into custody and transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked and faces a $2 million cash only bond. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

During the investigation, investigators determined that the victim was the target of Sudbeck and that there were no other persons in danger.

Scott Anthony Sudbeck

Investigators then obtained two additional search warrants for a motor vehicle involved and another for the victim’s residence. Officers were able to obtain a substantial amount of evidence in the case.

The investigation is continuing and upon completion of the investigation more information may be released.

Other agencies assisting in the case are the Estherville Ambulance Service and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.