Brad Koranda

Brad Koranda

Update: The name of the deceased intruder has been released: Richard Purcell, 44, of Maquoketa.

An autopsy is planned for March 20 to determine Purcell's cause of death. According to a March 19 release, Purcell "slumped over" while Dr. Clyde Overturff was attempting to restrain Purcell, who broke into Overturff's office. Overturff called 911.

Purcell was breathing but unresponsive when responders arrived. He was later pronounced dead.


A man died of yet-to-be-determined causes after allegedly breaking into a Maquoketa dentist’s office early Monday morning and fighting with the dentist, Maquoketa police said.

Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda said the man who died was a 44-year-old Maquoketa resident. Koranda had not released the man’s name as of press time Tuesday. 

The Iowa Department of Criminal investigation is investigating the case. 

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, Koranda said. 

After that, “we will know if any foul play was involved, but we’re not expecting any foul play,” the chief said.

According to Koranda, Dr. Clyde Overturff of Dubuque said he was sleeping in the apartment at his 204 N. Arcade St. dentist office in Maquoketa Monday morning when he awoke to what sounded like someone in his garage.

“There was an altercation between them, and during it — this is still under investigation — the burglar collapsed,” Koranda said Monday afternoon.

Overturff dialed 911 at 2:04 a.m., Koranda said. Koranda said  he did not know if Overturff called police before or after confronting the alleged intruder.

Koranda said a report published in an out-of-town media outlet that stated that police found Overturff on top of the man was incorrect.

“When officers arrived, he [the burglar] was in some type of arrest, some medical situation, and officers did CPR,” Koranda said.

Officers called for an ambulance, but the man died, Koranda said.

The chief said officers found signs of forced entry at Overturff’s business, but he would not say what those signs were. He said no blood was found at the scene.

Overturff did not return telephone calls. Overturff has practiced general dentistry in Maquoketa since 1973, Koranda said.