On Friday, October 18, at 11:08 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a request from a concerned party to check on the welfare of Daniel Kaufman, age 39 at his residence, 809 Sheridan Street, in Boyden, IA.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence a short time later they observed heavy smoke inside the home. They attempted to enter the residence but were unable to because of the heavy smoke. Fire Departments from Boyden and Sheldon were called to the residence. They extinguished the fire and located Kaufman inside the home. He was later pronounced deceased by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. The Sheriff’s office initiated an investigation with the assistance of the Sioux County Medical Examiner and the Iowa State Fire Marshal.
Kaufman was transported to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Laboratory in Ankeny, IA for an autopsy. At this time the cause of death has not been positively determined.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Boyden Fire Department, Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, and the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office.
The case remains under investigation.