An Iowa State University student was found dead at an off-campus apartment. Here's what we know.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct which apartment balcony the student was found on.

Police have identified an Iowa State University student found dead Wednesday morning on a neighbor's balcony at a Welch Avenue apartment complex, but investigators are still working to determine how the student died.

The Ames Police Department, which is leading the investigation, on Thursday afternoon identified the student as Emma Timmer, 20, of Ames.

Ames officers were called at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday to an off-campus apartment complex in the 400 block of Welch Avenue after a resident from a neighboring apartment found the student's body on her balcony, according to additional information released Thursday.

Commander Dan Walter said part of the department's investigation is about trying to understand how and why Timmer ended up on a balcony below hers.

Police say they do not think there is an ongoing threat to the community. However, investigators are seeking any information and encouraged people to contact law enforcement through one of several options:

  • The Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133, or the department's anonymous tip line at 515-239-5533.

  • Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400; anonymously online at; or sending a tip by texting "PCCS" and the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Timmer's body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, and police are awaiting results to determine the cause and manner of her death.

On Wednesday, before Timmer's name was released, Iowa State administrators acknowledged in a statement that it was a student who had been found dead.

Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen and other top administrators said in a statement from Wintersteen's office that "This is a tragic loss, and our condolences are with the family and friends of the victim."

The university outlined counseling and other services, including crisis debriefing, mental health and well-being supportive services through Student Counseling Services at 515-294-5056; mental health and well-being support through the Thielen Student Health Center at 515-294-5801; and the university's Crisis Text Line, available 24/7 by texting "ISU" to 741741.

More information on resources is available at

Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.

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