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Neighbors speak out as death investigation continues

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BENTON COUNTY (KWWL) -

We spoke with neighbors in the area where an ongoing death investigation continues.

Authorities were called to a home in the 3200 block of 59th Street Trail in Shellsburg on Sunday just before noon.

Eight hours earlier, police were called to the same area for a report of a stolen truck.

Later that day a second truck was reported missing.

An arrest was made as 31-year-old David Miller is facing charges in relation to the first missing truck.

It all started around 4 in the morning on Sunday.

"I was lightly sleeping and I heard my truck fire up," said Justin Varner, a neighbor in the area.

After hearing the truck, Varner said he ran outside, "The truck had stalled out in the driveway on the guy taking it, and I come flying around the front of the truck and I confronted him," he told us.

As he was confronting him, Varner said the man got the truck started and quickly drove away.

The truck was found later crashed into a piece of construction equipment.

"It's totaled, it smashed into a crane," Jacob Cady told us, who is another neighbor on the street.

Cady had surveillance cameras at his home.

His video showed truck lights coming on, as you can see a pair of feet running towards the vehicle.

Police arrested David Miller and charged him with taking the truck after they found him walking down the street and bleeding from the head.

Neighbors tell us they didn't know Miller because he had recently moved to the neighborhood.

"He moved in ten days ago," said Cady.

Neighbors tell us they found a woman's body in Miller's driveway later on Sunday.

"We were out in my driveway just talking, and one of the neighbors saw blood on the ground, we followed it up to the house, and there was a lady on the other side of the truck, face planted in a pool of blood," said Cady.

Authorities have identified the woman found as Sabrina Hustad, a  25-year-old from Cedar Rapids.

An autopsy is being done to determine Hustad's exact cause of death, but authorities believe she was killed.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the vehicle thefts were related to Hustad's death.

The second vehicle taken on Sunday was also found crashed, this time into a tree.

DCI was one scene this evening continuing to investigate the area more than 24 hours later.

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