Woman Found Dead In Iowa Home, Violent Ex-Boyfriend Accused Of Murder, Police Said

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Source: Polk County jail; Des Moines police

May 11 2022, Published 2:18 p.m. ET

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A woman was murdered in Iowa and now police said her 58-year-old ex-boyfriend is responsible.

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Around 1:15 p.m., police in Des Moines, Iowa, went to a home for a welfare check. Family was concerned after they could not reach Rhonda Howard, 56.

When police arrived, they found her dead in the home. Police said they found evidence of a violent attack but did not release further details.

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Investigators learned her ex-boyfriend, 58-year-old Tony Arterberry, had been violent towards her in the recent past. He was named as a person of interest, and within 90 minutes, was found walking in downtown Des Moines.

Arterberry was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the case. He was also charged in connection to a May domestic violence incident, police said.

Authorities have not said what led to Howard’s killing.


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