Crime scene in Keokuk

On the right: Keokuk Police speak to friends and family of the deceased on the 1600 block of Concert Street. / KHQA's Jim Robesky

UPDATED: Setember 1 at 9:45 a.m.

A Keokuk man was charged with 1st degree murder yesterday for allegedly killing his mother. Adam Pitman was arraigned in court Wednesday.

An Iowa State Medical Examiner says Rosa Pitman was strangled in her Keokuk home.

Adam Pitman was stopped early Tuesday morning. Police say he admitted to killing his mother, Rosa Pitman at her home.

If convicted, Pitman could face life in prison without parole.

UPDATED: August 30 at 4:36 p.m.

A Keokuk man is in jail for allegedly murdering his mother.

23-year-old Adam Pitman was stopped in Fort Madison early Tuesday morning for a car with no tail lights.

When police pulled him over, he told officers that he killed his mother, 46-year-old Rosa Pitman, also of Keokuk.

Keokuk police officers checked out a residence on Concert Street, and found Rosa Pitman dead inside.

The state Crime Lab was called in to help with the investigation.

No word on how Pitman died, an autopsy has been scheduled.


UPDATED: August 30 at 11:09 a.m.

Keokuk police are investigating what looks to be a suspicious death in the 1600 block of Concert Street Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Tom Crew told KHQA a call came into the station Tuesday morning asking that police check on the well-being of a person inside the home at 1602 Concert Street. Upon arrival, police found the person deceased.

Chief Crew would not say what lead investigators to believe it was suspicious.

"Anytime we have a situation like this that we're unsure of, and it's not of natural causes and things like that, and has the potential for us to go a different direction with it, we secure the area and do an investigation which leads us to the cause of death," said Chief Crew.

The home was taped off until crime scene investigators from Des Moines arrived on scene. We'll continue to update this story as information becomes available.


We've gotten reports that Keokuk Police have responded to 16th and Concert St. for what neighbors think is a murder scene.

KHQA's Brooke Hasch is in Keokuk right now.

So far, authorities have not released any details, but they say that crime scene investigators were called in. They have not confirmed that it is a murder scene.

The original call came in just after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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