981 High Bluff St.

Dubuque police reported that Beverly A. Puccio, 42, was found dead inside her home at 981 High Bluff St. at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release issued late Monday. Police arrested Michael E. Piantieri, 36, of 694 W. 11th St., and was charged with first-degree murder.

Police on Monday night identified a Dubuque woman found dead inside her home and have charged a man she met at a bar with murder.

Beverly A. Puccio, 42, was found dead inside her home at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday, according to a Dubuque Police Department press release issued late Monday. Police quickly determined her death was “suspicious.”

Michael E. Piantieri, 36, of 694 W. 11th St., was arrested and faces a first-degree murder charge in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County. A conviction on the charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Police said Puccio encountered Piantieri at Walnut Tap, 909 Walnut St., “at some point Saturday night.”

The two later left the bar and went to Puccio’s residence, “where it appears they had a physical altercation that resulted in injuries believed to have caused her death,” the press release states.

No official cause or method of death has been determined yet, police reported.

Police said they determined Piantieri was a suspect in the death, and he was arrested after being interviewed by investigators at Dubuque Law Enforcement Center. He is being held in Dubuque County Jail, awaiting his initial court appearance.

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