Sharp-force injuries determined to be cause of UI Health Care employee’s death, Iowa City police announce


Roman Slabach

Police investigators are on the scene of a suspicious death on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 114 Green Mountain Drive in Iowa City.

Marissa Payne, Managing Editor

Iowa City police announced on Wednesday the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death in the homicide investigation into the death of JoEllen Browning was the result of sharp-force injuries.

Authorities have completed processing of the crime scene at 114 Green Mountain Drive, Browning’s residence, and continue to review tips and information from community members, according to a news release. 

Browning died April 5 in her residence. Police found her unresponsive in her residence at 6:59 a.m. 

Browning had worked as UI Health Care’s director of operating budgets for 42 years, according to a previous statement from UI Health Care spokesperson Tom Moore. 

Fifteen to 20 investigators from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Iowa City police continue to investigate the incident, according to the release.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the Iowa City police at 319-356-5276 or Iowa City Area Crimestoppers at 319-358-TIPS (8477).