Human remains found in Muscatine identified

MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the 2500 block of Wiggins Road in Muscatine on July 7, at 1:09 for human bones found. The remains were found by surveyors performing work near the Mississippi River levee. Our office consulted with an anthropologist at the University of Iowa who determined the remains to be non-ancient. Based on the non-ancient interpretation, the remains were transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny. The remains have been identified as 52-year-old, Caucasian male, Paul Merrill Campbell, from Blue Grass, who has been missing since July 1, 2020. Radiograph images were used to establish a positive identification.

This case was investigated with the assistance of the following: Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, University of Iowa Decedent Care Center, University of Iowa Anthropology Department, Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and Dr. Heather Garvin, Forensic Anthropologist.

The Muscatine County Medical Examiner’s Office and staff send their deepest condolences to Mr. Campbell’s friends and family. Please keep the Campbell family in your thoughts as they grieve the loss of their loved one.

If you have further questions, please contact the Examiner’s Office by phone at (563) 299-6023 or by email at