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11/1/2013 - Algona Police Release Identity of Person Found Dead on School Property - Click here to print this information

Algona Police have released the identity of a former Algona student found dead on the Algona High School/Middle School campus Friday morning. Police Chief Curt Schipper identified the deceased as 23 year old Shane Lee Ballenger of Algona.

According to a press release issued shortly before noon, authorities believe Ballenger died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. However, Schipper says final cause of death is yet to be determined as they await results of a pathology test performed at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City.

The chief says Ballenger died shortly after midnight, at which point Algona Community Schools were immediately notified. County Medical Examiner Mark Davis arrived soon thereafter, pronouncing Ballenger dead at the scene.

Due to the police investigation into the matter, Algona schools were closed Friday; Bishop Garrigan remained in session with parish busing.

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