Murder Charge

By: News Release
Dec 5th, 2017

On December 3rd, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to 981 High Bluff Street on the report of a deceased female inside the residence. Upon arrival, officers located the body of an adult female and determined the death was suspicious in nature. The decedent was ultimately identified as Beverly A. Puccio, 42, of the address above. Investigators determined at some point Saturday night (the 2nd) she encountered Michael E. Piantieri, 36, of 694 West 11th Street, at the Walnut Tap (909 Walnut Street). The two later left the bar and went back to Puccio’s residence, where it appears they had a physical altercation that resulted in injuries believed to have caused her death. The official cause and method of death is yet to be determined by the State Medical Examiner. Today, after investigators developed Piantieri as the suspect, he was located and brought to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed. He was then charged with 1st Degree Murder, a Class A Felony, punishable by life in prison. He is being held in the Dubuque County Jail, awaiting his initial court appearance.

As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at