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MUSCATINE, Iowa — A 27-year-old man’s killer has not been arrested one year after mushroom hunters found his body in a rural Muscatine woods.

Isidro Gomez of Muscatine disappeared before breakfast on Dec. 17, 2007. His decomposing body was discovered May 6, 2008, in a wooded area about five miles west of Muscatine.

Authorities have not released how Gomez died specifically, but did say he was murdered.

Detective Mike Bailey of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday he could not discuss details of the ongoing investigation.

“It’s currently still active,” he said. “We still do have leads coming in.”

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Bailey said “time is our biggest enemy in a case like this, and unfortunately … we were five months behind (from) when he was reported missing.”

The Muscatine Police Department began investigating Gomez as a missing person after his girlfriend, Jessica Rindinger, reported he did not return after saying he would be back before breakfast.

The couple lived in Muscatine with their then-5-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter.

Rindinger could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Bailey said the sheriff’s office and police department continue to jointly investigate Gomez’s murder.

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