Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Thank you for taking time to visit Iowa Cold Cases, the state’s first and foremost repository of Iowa’s unsolved murders and persons missing under mysterious circumstances.

Founded in 2005, our goal is to provide case summaries for each victim while encouraging those with information to contact appropriate law enforcement officials with any known details about the crime.

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This Villisca Review article, published June 13, 1912, told the story of what eventually became Iowa’s most notorious unsolved murder case.

Here you’ll find victims’ stories and summaries compiled by data from police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, Crime Stoppers, newspaper archives, victims’ family members and friends, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s former Cold Case Unit. Cases are cross-referenced by name, year, decade, city, and county to make them more easily accessible to fellow writers and researchers or those who wish to learn more about a specific case.

Case summaries for decades-old cases would not exist if not for the countless journalists who doggedly pursued investigators for details, tracked down public records by shoe-leather reporting, and published their findings in newspapers long preceding today’s Internet search engines.

Though no statewide database summarizing all Iowa’s known unsolved murders existed online before ICC, we would be remiss in not thanking the hundreds of journalists and law enforcement officials whose dedication to profiling yesteryear’s victims made it possible to provide solid source information for the very cases we feature yet today.


We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

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Pamela Hinrichs, 19
Amvets Post 28
1317 S. 17th St.
Clinton, IA
Killed Jan. 13, 1981
Would have celebrated 54th birthday April 20
John Albert Rose
John Albert Rose
35 YOA
Vinton, IA
Benton County
Case # 78-02418
April 21, 1978
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Ramona Jean Cox
24 YOA
1526 Woodland Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 62-00508
April 22, 1962
Kenneth Bouzard
Kenneth M. Bouzard
53 YOA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 71-00481
April 23, 1971
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Barbara K. Brim
53 YOA
Rural Route
Webster City
Hamilton County
April 25, 2001
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Ruth Pohlmeier
37 YOA
3839 E. 14th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 2004-14785
April 25, 2004
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David Redowl
27 YOA
610 West 3rd St.
Sioux City, IA
April 26, 1997
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Michael J. Booth
45 YOA
510 15th #21
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1997-17132
April 26, 1997
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Kristine Mitchell
27 YOA
100 Forest
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1986-17433
April 27, 1986
Chuck Deatsch
Chuck Deatsch, Jr.
52 YOA
17841 500th St.
Mystic, IA
Appanoose County
April 28, 2008
Reginald Bryan Jr.
Reginald R. Bryan, Jr.
23 YOA
4745 NW 2nd Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
April 28, 2013
Edward Leeney
Patrolman Edward Leeney
32 YOA
Iowa City PD
Johnson County
April 29, 1926

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