FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 7, 2023
Contact: Nick Crawford, (515) 725-5707

Prison Inmate Owens Thompson Dies

ANAMOSA – Owens Arnez Thompson was pronounced dead due to apparent suicide at approximately 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at the Jones Regional Medical Center where he had been taken. Thompson was 49 years old at the time of his death.

Thompson had been serving a life sentence at the Anamosa State Penitentiary for the crime of Murder 1st Degree from Polk County. His sentence began on July 8, 1996.

The department investigates all suspected suicides within its correctional facilities.