Public help needed in murder case

Paul Allen Scheel

DES MOINES — The public is being asked to help in the investigation of a murder that was discovered in early 2018 in Creston.

On Valentine’s Day 2018, at approximately 8:17 p.m., officers with the Creston Police Department conducted a welfare check at 300 East Montgomery Street, Apartment 3. Officers found the apartment’s resident, 45-year-old Paul Allen Scheel, deceased. An autopsy the following day showed that Scheel was the victim of a homicide.

Since then, Creston officers and agents with Division of Criminal Investigation’s Major Crime Unit have worked to find the person or persons responsible for Scheel’s death.

Despite their work, this case remains unsolved.

Law enforcement and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa are partnering to ask for the public’s assistance. Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa is offering a reward up to $1,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the homicide. Contact Crime Stoppers by going to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa’s website at and giving a web tip, or download the P3 app to submit a tip or call 515.223.1400. Remember: All tipsters can remain anonymous.