Dead woman ID’d as felon’s mother

EARLY – The woman found dead in Early Thursday has been identified as the mother of the man charged the same day with felony kidnapping.

Marilyn Schmitt, 45, of 2242 Ira Ave., was found in an upstairs bedroom in her home, according to the Sac County Sheriff’s Department.

Kirk R. Levin, 21, was charged with assault and kidnapping in connection with incidents that occurred earlier that morning.

Levin had been released from prison just two days before, on Jan. 1, after serving time for burglary.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results on Schmitt’s body, but authorities are calling her death “suspicious.”

Levin is being held on $200,000 in the Sac County Jail on charges of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, assault while participating in a felony and third-degree kidnapping.

Deputies found Schmitt’s body after responding to a reported kidnapping in the area of U.S. Highway 20 and Ira Avenue, about two miles west of Early.

According to a statement from Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure, his office received a 911 call from someone who saw a 21-year-old woman trying to get away from a vehicle. The 21-year-old woman claimed she had been kidnapped.

Investigators found Levin in a nearby barn with the help of a tracking dog. He was arrested without incident.

Levin allegedly went to the woman’s home in Storm Lake at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and asked her for a ride. According to McClure, Levin took the victim out of Storm Lake and told her that she was being kidnapped.

The victim was taken to Schmitt’s house, where she was tied up with a rope in the barn. McClure said Levin first locked the woman in the trunk of the car, then took her out and put her in the back seat.

McClure said Levin lived with his mother in the house until he went to prison in 2010.

Levin’s preliminary hearing was Friday morning.

Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said he requested a $500,000 bond for Levin, saying he had no ties to the community, other than his dead mother.

Smith said no additional charges were filed Friday.

Levin’s bond review is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Storm Lake Police Department are also investigating the case.