The Murder of Ashley Oakland

Just before 2 p.m. on April 8, 2011 an employee of Rottlund Homes heard from inside the model townhouse in West Des Moines, Iowa. When he went inside he discovered the body of Ashley Oakland.

Ashley Oakland was a 27 year old realtor who was kind and very trusting. She would spend her free time volunteering with different organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Iowa. Her murder shocked the community and made national headlines for weeks after.

However, despite this, the case went cold quickly. There was no evidence to indicate that there was a struggle before she was shot. Ashley had also sent text messages only a few minute before it is believed that she was killed and nothing seemed out of the norm. Her family believes that she knew her killer and they will never give up looking for who killed Ashely. 

Due to her love of volunteering and giving back to the community,  the Iowa Association of Realtors helped to develop the Ashley Oakland Star Playground which opened in 2014 and is an inclusive playground. 

If you have any information in the murder of Ashley Oakland, please call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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