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.

Connie Craft WCFC
Connie Craft
20 YOA
Albion Gravel Pit
Cresco, IA
Howard County
June 30, 1975
Joe Floyd headstone
Joe Junior Floyd
42 YOA
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case # D67-18
July 1, 1967
Harry Milligan
Harry D. Milligan
Age at Report: 21
Missing From:
Albia, IA
Missing Since:
July 1, 1984
Missing Person
Truong Ngoc
Age at Report: 69
Missing From: Davenport, IA
Missing Since:
July 2, 2009
Henry Juchems
81 YOA
Steamboat Rock, IA
Hardin County
Case # 85-03433
July 3, 1985
Michael Delaney
Michael J. Delaney
Age at Report: 49
Missing From:
Davenport, IA
Case # 08-13161
July 3, 2008
Maureen Farley
Maureen (Brubaker) Farley
17 YOA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Killed Sept. 21, 1971
Would have celebrated 61st birthday July 4
Diane Schofield
Diane M. Schofield
21 YOA
2000 Blk. Porter
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-24048
July 4, 1975
Crystal Arensdorf
Crystal Arensdorf
Age at Report: 20
Missing From:
Dubuque, IA
Case # 01-25185
July 4, 2001

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