Body found

Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigate after a body was found near 290th Street and Shadow Avenue, about 10 miles south of Charles City on Dec. 1, 2017.

CHARLES CITY -  A Waterloo man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a body found in rural Floyd County two years ago.

Armando Adame III was charged with felony first degree murder and possession of a firearm/offensive weapon as a felon in Floyd County District Court.

Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Adame Tuesday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility where he was serving a sentence on prior unrelated convictions.

Michael Bruce Johns, 28 was reported as a missing person to the Grundy Center Police Department on Oct. 26, 2017.

Johns was last seen in an area between Greene and Charles City around 6 a.m. Oct. 25.

“The subsequent investigation developed information that indicated that that foul play was suspected in Johns’ disappearance,” the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a release.

On December 1, 2017, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office was was notified of a body discovered near 290th Street and Shadow Avenue in rural Floyd County, about 10 miles south of Charles City.  

“This was the area where law enforcement had previously requested the public’s assistance in locating Johns,” the release said.

An autopsy was completed and Johns' death was ruled a homicide. The autopsy determined the cause of Johns’ death was from a shotgun wound to the head.

According to court documents, the investigation revealed that Johns was with Adame and another person on the evening of Oct. 24 in to the morning on Oct. 25.

The three traveled from Waterloo to the areas around Black Hawk, Buchanan, Grundy, Marshall, Tama, Butler and Floyd Counties.

“Cell phone records showed that the cell phones of Johns, Adame and the other individual eventually ended up in an area around Charles City,”

Adame admitted to being with Johns and the other person during an interview Nov. 17, 2017 but denied having anything to do with his disappearance or death.

A search warrant was served at his residence on the 300 block of South Hackett in Waterloo. Law enforcement found a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition.

“Subsequent analysis by the Iowa DCI Lab reported that some of the 12 gauge ammunition found to be in Adame’s possession were in the shot size range consistent with the shot recovered from Johns’ body at autopsy,” court documents said.

Law enforcement conducted an interview with the other individual with Johns and Adame that night.

The person allegedly told law enforcement that while driving back from Charles City that morning, Adame and Johns got into an argument inside the vehicle.

“The other individual state that while they were stopped on a gravel road, Adame pulled Johns out of the vehicle and then shot and killed Johns with a sawed off shotgun,” court documents said.

On Dec. 7th, 2017, Adame was taken into custody at the Black Hawk County Jail on a federal arrest warrant. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, after the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory located a latent print on the firearm that was consistent with Adame’s palm print.

Adame pled guilty May 10, 2018 in U.S. District Court to three firearms charges and was later sentenced to serve 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to three firearms charges.

Adame was transported to Floyd County Tuesday for his initial court appearance. He is held on two bonds totaling $255,000.

Adame is scheduled to appear Feb. 7 in Floyd County District Court.   

This case was a joint investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Floyd County Attorney’s Office, Grundy County Attorney’s Office and the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office.

North Iowa's mugshots of 2018 



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