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Longtime Iowa radio broadcaster died of hypothermia

J.K. Martin on the right interviewing Fred Thompson while campaigning for President in Iowa J.K. Martin on the right interviewing Fred Thompson while campaigning for President in Iowa

BURLINGTON (KWWL) -- The Iowa Medical examiner's office says longtime Iowa radio broadcaster J.K. Martin died accidentally from hypothermia. 

West Burlington police and fire crews found Martin, 51, dead on the living  room floor of his home on November 10th.  His wife, Amy Martin, 50, was in and out of consciousness when resuers arrived at the scene.  Doctors treated and released Amy from the hospital, but won't release her condition.

Investigators say they found that the heating system at the Martin household had not been working because of a  thermostat problem.  Published weather reports show the night of November 9th was relatively cold, with an overnight  temperature dipping into the low-20s.

Police and fire investigators say they initially suspected carbon monoxide may have played a part in Martin's death. But fire crews ran detectors at least twice around the house and could not  find any lethal traces of carbon monoxide.

The medical examiners office did not provide an official time of  death. A toxicology report is still pending. There were no signs of  trauma found on Martins body.

J.K. Martin started working at local radio stations KBUR and KGRS in 1990.  He served as news director for the stations until his departure from  the company in June of this year.  Martin was a Former Iowa Broadcast News Assocation president, board member and Jack Shelley Award recipient  Martin was a fixture at Iowa Broadcast News Association conventions and he won dozens of IBNA and Associated Press news awards over the past three decades.

Online Producer: JJ Murray

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