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.

villisca-review-6-13-1912Courtesy photo The Villisca Review
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.

Unidentified WM
28-48 YOA
Brush on dirt trail
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
February 28, 1984

Tamara Lynn Lass
10 days old
Undetermined Death
Norwalk, IA
Warren County
March 1, 1988
Brian Schappert
22 YOA
Kum & Go store
Cedar Rapids, IA
Killed Sept. 8, 1989
Would have celebrated 48th birthday March 2
Gloria Fay Slump
24 YOA
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case # 67-00368
March 3, 1967
Double Homicide
Steven Fisher, 20
Copper Dollar Ranch
Newton, IA
Case # 83-01119
March 3, 1983
Melisa Gregory
Double Homicide
Melisa Gregory, 17
Copper Dollar Ranch
Newton, IA
Case # 83-01119
March 3, 1983
Ricky Morehouse
165 Cherry St.
Kent, IA
Union County
March 3, 2001
Cyrus “C.J.” Hicks
24 YOA
2907 Boston Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
March 3, 2011
Gary Eugene Sebek
20 YOA
1609 Main St.
Dave Ware Apts.
Hamburg, IA
Fremont County
March 4, 1968

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