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Police still seeking public’s help in suspicious death

Family characterizes victim as artistic, animal lover

July 16, 2013
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer (dalexander@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

The sister of the woman whose body police found in a minivan in rural Marshalltown said she doesn't know where her sister was going.

Bonney Weber, 64, said her sister Rebecca Hall, 55, lived with her at their home at 510 E. Main St., not far from where a Marshall County Sheriff's Office deputy found Hall's body just after midnight Sunday. Weber said she saw her sister Saturday evening, around 8 or 9 p.m., but Hall didn't tell her what her plans were for the entire evening.

Weber said she loaned her sister the 2006 blue Chrysler Town and County where police found her body. She said Hall planned to retrieve a tarp and some other materials from a friend so she could paint and do some work on the upstairs bedroom.

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Rebecca Hall is shown here in an old family photo. Police found Hall’s body in a parked minivan near Sand Lake early Sunday morning and have yet to rule out foul play.

"If I had to guess, I would say she was coming back from the casino. She didn't go a lot, but she did go," Weber said. "But I don't know why that late."

Weber's minivan was angled west, toward town, according to a press release issued by the sheriff's office.

Police have not ruled out foul play and are asking for anyone who spotted anything suspicious in the area near Sand Lake Saturday evening to notify authorities.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Division of Criminal Investigation and Marshall County Attorney's Office have been canvassing the area doing interviews since Hall's body was found, according to the sheriff's office. An autopsy was performed Monday, but the full results are pending.

Weber said she doesn't know why anyone would want to hurt her sister, who she and family members characterized as a family-oriented and compassionate person.

According to online court records, Hall had only one criminal charge arising from a family dispute in 2012, which the court dismissed.

Hall's nephew, Taylor Weber, said Hall had an adventurous spirit that contributed to her eagerness to help those in her family, particularly her 15-year-old son. Taylor said Hall even offered him consolation when he was contemplating suicide.

"She always had the right words," Taylor said. "She was always there."

Whether she was chiseling images of Snoopy or Mickey Mouse into glass or doing woodwork, Hall's artistic streak was evident, Bonney and other family members said. Bonney said she and her sister had always been close; they shared a bedroom as children. Hall loved animals, Bonney said, and even Bonney's Chihuahua Luna would follow Hall around.

Although Hall, a retiree, was far from guarded, Bonney said, she didn't always share her plans with everyone.

"She was always on the go," Bonney said. "She didn't want people prying into her business."

"She always had a plan," Taylor added.

Bonney said she hopes that if someone hurt her sister, police bring that person to justice. Having to identify her sister's body will likely haunt her for a long time.

"When I close my eyes, I see her laying there," she said.

At least she can take solace in the belief that Hall is with her late husband, who died of liver disease a couple years ago, and the sisters' parents, Bonney said. Bonney said she has an appointment at Mitchell Funeral Home Tuesday to discuss funeral arrangements.

Motorists who spotted the minivan near the 2900 mile of East Main Street Road, or anyone who had contact with Hall Saturday night, should call the tip line at 641-844-2882 or email tips to tips@co.marshall.ia.us.

 
 

 

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