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Ex-boyfriend charged for suspicious death of 20-year-old at Dubuque botanical gardens

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Richard Forsythe

UPDATE- 11:30 a.m. -- Dubuque Police have made an arrest after a body was found at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

Police have identified the victim as Jennifer Lopez, 20 of Galena, Illinois.

Based on evidence at the scene, Lopez's ex-boyfriend, Richard Forsythe, 21 of Galena, Illinois was named a suspect.

He was later found at the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department.

Forsythe was arrested on unrelated charges.

On February 2, a warrant was issued charging Forsythe with Murder in the 1st Degree, with a $1,000,000 cash bond.

Forsythe will be served the arrest warrant in Jo Daviess County and await extradition back to Dubuque.

Murder in the 1st Degree is a “Class A” felony punishable by life in prison. 


DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- Police found a body at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens after responding to a suspicious circumstance investigation just before noon on Monday.

There is an ongoing investigation and the Dubuque Police Department is not currently releasing any further details. They say they will release more information on Tuesday.

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