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, June 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.

Kimberly Doss age-progressed to 47
Kimberly S. Doss
Age at Report: 16
Missing From:
Davenport, IA
Case # 82-46115
September 1, 1982
Viola Findley
Viola Findley
Age at Report: 29
Missing From:
Waterloo, IA
NamUS MP # 2914
September 1, 1983
Earl Thelander
Earl Thelander, 80
Onawa, IA
Monona County
Case # 07-SO0855
Crime Date: 8-28-07
Died: Sept. 1, 2007
Hazel Reimann
Hazel Reimann
87 YOA
131 S.E. Watrous Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
September 2, 2008
William Talbert, Jr.
18 YOA
1400 21st
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1995-40323
September 3, 1995
Johnny Gosch
Johnny Gosch
Age at Report: 12
Missing From:
West Des Moines, IA
Case # 82-04613
September 5, 1982
Jamedia Hines
22 YOA
1700 Oakland Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1987-37149
September 5, 1987
Jane Wakefield
Jane Ellen Wakefield
Age at Report: 26
Missing From:
Iowa City, IA
Missing Since:
September 6, 1975
Wanda Morrow
Wanda J. Morrow, 14
Cedar Rapids resident Found dead in Pima County, Arizona (AZ jurisdiction)
September 6, 1976
Myrtle Cook
Myrtle Cook
51 YOA
703 Third Ave.
Vinton, IA
Benton County
September 7, 1925
Lisa Peak
Marie “Lisa” Peak
20 YOA
One quarter mile north of Waverly, IA
Bremer County
September 7, 1976

Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer
23 YOA
Cedar River
Waterloo, IA
September 7, 1989

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