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June 25, 2013

Police: Iowa woman uses Craigslist for hit job

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DUBUQUE— A Dubuque woman allegedly looking for someone to kill her father turned to Craigslist to find a possible hire but instead met with an undercover officer, according to police.

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office said Megan Schmidt, 23, posted an inquiry Saturday that offered $10,000 for an undisclosed job. Interested callers were then told upfront about the murder-for-hire job, said Capt. Bob Lynn.

“When you would respond to it, ‘Hey, I’m interested, what do you have?’ she would immediately inform these people that she would like her father killed,” Lynn said. “She openly gives out the job specifics to anybody that responded.”

Lynn said several people called authorities about Schmidt’s ad. An undercover officer responded to the post Sunday and met with Schmidt. Lynn said Schmidt gave the officer a photograph of her father and repeated the request to have him killed.

“Basically we came in and took her up on her offer,” Lynn said. “We made sure she was serious about this.”

Schmidt was arrested and is at the Dubuque County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. She faces felony charges of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder. Court records do not list an attorney.

Lynn said Schmidt told callers that they would be paid the $10,000 after the job was done.

“Usually this is something that takes place in a seedy bar or something like that,” Lynn said. “Who utilizes Craigslist?”

Authorities are still investigating Schmidt’s motive.

“What was clear is she wanted it done as far as she was concerned,” he said.

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