[UPDATED 5/1 4 p.m.] The Cedar Rapids Police Department has made an arrest in the Sunday morning murder of Gina Frederiksen.

Timothy W. Evans photo via Vinelink

38-year-old Timothy W. Evans was arrested earlier this afternoon and faces four felony charges. The charges are:

  • Murder-1stDegree
  • Burglary-1st Degree
  • Robbery-1st Degree
  • Arson-1st Degree.

A release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department says "Evans is accused of breaking into the detached garage, assaulting and murdering the victim, and then setting the garage on fire."

Evans is being held in the Linn County Jail, following his arrest at the Cedar Rapids Police Station.

The CRPD thanks a number of citizens who came forward with information that led to today's arrest.

[UPDATED 4/30 5 p.m.] The Cedar Rapids Police Department has released the name of a woman who died Sunday morning on the city's west side. They also say her death is now being investigated as a homicide.

38-year-old Gina Frederiksen died Sunday morning. Her death was initially investigated as suspicious. Now, police say an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled her death a homicide. The cause of death has not been announced.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

 [ORIGINAL STORY] A fire in a garage in southwest Cedar Rapids this morning has led to a suspicious death investigation.

According to media releases from the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department and police officers were called to 1814 I St S.W. at 7:34 Sunday morning. Neighbors reportedly heard a loud boom and then saw the two-stall detached garage at that address on fire. When firefighters and police officers arrived the building was fully engulfed.

A Cedar Rapids police officer pulled an adult female from the garage fire. Emergency medical care was given to the woman on the scene. She was then taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her identity has not been released, pending notification of relatives.

Cedar Rapids Police say the woman's death is considered suspicious and the investigation continues. Iowa's State Medical Examiner's Office will do an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of her death.

We'll update this story when more information becomes available.

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