Law enforcement awaits autopsy results in the case of a Maquoketa man who died during an alleged burglary attempt in Maquoketa.
Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda said he has not received an autopsy report for Richard Purcell, 44.
Purcell had a pulse and was breathing but was unresponsive March 18 when police arrived at Overturff Dental Office, 204 Arcade St., Maquoketa, according to police reports.
Purcell’s condition later worsened. He was taken by ambulance to Jackson County Regional Health Center, where he later was pronounced dead, according to a statement at the time from the Maquoketa Police Department.
An autopsy was to be performed March 20 at the state crime lab in Ankeny to determine the cause of death, Koranda said. On March 21, he said the medical examiner has some additional, routine questions for the police department.
“We are only waiting for the ME’s report,” the chief said Tuesday. “We do not think or have not discovered anything that would bring charges to anyone at this time.”
Dr. Clyde Overturff of Dubuque was sleeping in the waiting room of his dental office when he was awakened by a noise shortly after 2 a.m. March 18, the police report said.
At first, the dentist tried to return to sleep, but he heard another noise and saw someone. Before that person could leave through the garage, “Dr. Overturff tackled him in an attempt to restrain him,” according to a police statement at the time.
During the struggle, Purcell “slumped over and stopped fighting,” which is when Overturff called 911, according to the release. Law enforcement arrived at the office two minutes later and found Purcell in “some type of arrest, some medical situation,” Koranda said March 18.