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Public Asked To Assist As Authorities Expanding Search

By Staff | May 24, 2011

Law enforcement authorities in western Iowa are expanding their search for a missing woman from Carroll, targeting Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Greene and Sac Counties in their search. The subject of the search is 50-year old Dawn Allen, who was last seen in Carroll on Wednesday, May 4.

According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders, the Carroll Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are asking the public for any help and information that might be out there in the disappearance of Allen, who was last seen at her home in Carroll at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. She was reported missing by her employer on May 5.

“Foul play is definitely suspected in the disappearance of this woman,” Goeders said. “Her vehicle was found in a parking lot at an establishment in Carroll, but no one has seen her or heard from her since.”

Immediately following her disappearance, Carroll Police identified a Rolfe man, 54-year old James Snovelle, as a person they wished to contact in connection with the disappearance of Allen. On Monday, May 9, Snovelle was located in Coffey County, Kansas, where he apparently took his own life in a wooded area as law enforcement officers attempted to take him into custody.

Investigators noted that the two had been dating prior to Allen’s disappearance. In a meeting held Friday with the Carroll Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, law enforcement officials in the five-county area were informed that investigators hope to locate Allen alive, but believe there is a “fair” possibility that Allen may be deceased and that foul play is involved.

When last seen at her home on May 4, Dawn Allen was wearing bright blue knit pants and a multi-colored shirt. She is a 50-year-old white female with short, blonde spiked hair.

“We are asking anyone with information related to Dawn Allen’s whereabouts to contact us,” noted Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler. “We’d like to narrow our timeline. If anyone saw Ms. Allen or talked to her after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, we should know so that we can further focus our search efforts.”

The Carroll Police Department can be contacted at 712-792-3536.

“We are being asked by the Carroll Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to solicit the public, whether it be individuals or groups, to take a look at out-of-the-way locations in the county, places where a hunter would frequent,” Sheriff Goeders noted. “The investigators believe that this individual may have been up in this area during the timeline when the Allen woman disappeared, so that’s why we are asking the public to assist in looking for anything out of the ordinary.”

Goeders noted that if individuals or groups do go out and search a given area, that they contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office or their nearest law enforcement agency to inform them of where they have looked and if they have found anything that might appear suspicious.

A Des Moines television station reported late last week authorities had been able to place James Snovelle in Carroll during the early-morning hours of May 5, and that he returned to the Rolfe vicinity that day before he headed to Kansas.

“There’s a lot of area out there and we just don’t know where to start,” Goeders noted. “Any help that the public can lend us in this would be greatly appreciated. All we ask is that they keep in contact with us and let us know where they’re looking and what, if anything, they find. If they do find something, they shouldn’t disturb it, but contact their nearest law enforcement agency right away.”

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office can be reached at 712-852-3535.