Audio: 911 call recordings released in Iowa escapee's death -
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 3:56 am
Audio: 911 call recordings released in Iowa escapee's death

Listen to the 911 callListen to the call to Carolyn Mauderly

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Carolyn Mauderly made a short call to 911 at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday from her rural Bedford, Iowa, home.

“He’s in the house,” she said, before the call disconnected.

The dispatcher called back. After several rings, Carolyn Mauderly, 66, picked up at 2:13 a.m.

Talking quickly this time, she relayed the fate of escaped prisoner Rodney Long, who had held her and her husband, Jerome, captive for four hours.

“Jerry just shot him,” she told the 911 dispatcher. “He’s laying in the middle of the kitchen floor.”

The dispatcher responded: “All units responding. Subject has been shot by the homeowner.”

Taylor County authorities Wednesday released the two 911 recordings of Carolyn Mauderly calling for help, moments after her 71-year-old husband shot and killed the fugitive.

Long, 38, had been the subject of a massive manhunt, involving law enforcement from three states and the FBI, after a Taylor County deputy was shot and injured Sunday night.

Long escaped from the minimum security portion of the Clarinda Correctional Facility early Friday by scaling a 12-foot-high chain-link fence.

Lettie Prell, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Corrections, said the department is reviewing Long’s escape — the first at Clarinda since 1997 — but she couldn’t discuss any potential security changes.

On Sunday night, Long was seen walking along Iowa Highway 2 about 10 miles from the prison. Authorities believe that Long shot and injured Taylor County Deputy Dan Wyckoff when he stopped Long to question him.

Long then stole Wyckoff’s truck, police say, and a wild chase ensued over the rural roads of Taylor County. The chase ended when Long lost control of the truck, but he managed to slip away.

The Mauderly home is less than a mile from where Long crashed early Monday morning.

Long broke into the couple’s home at about 10:15 p.m. Monday and held them captive.

Long had been convicted of burglary in Appanoose County in south-central Iowa.

He initially was sentenced to probation, according to court documents. But after several rule violations while staying at an Ottumwa halfway house — including using synthetic marijuana, possessing a lighter and getting terminated from his job for excessive absences — he was sent to Clarinda in March.

His anticipated release date was Sept. 27, 2014, though his case was to be reviewed by the Iowa Parole Board in November, which could have led to an earlier release.

An autopsy was expected to be done Wednesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny. Results had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Services for Long are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in nearby Mystic.

Contact the writer: Andrew J. Nelson    |   402-444-1310    |  

Andrew writes about virtually everything – crime, features, legislative news and small-town controversy – happening in Iowa.

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