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 murder houseCourtesy 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.

Louis Chambers, Jr.
32 YOA
1400 blk 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
February 7, 1994
Darleen Fitchett
Darleen Fitchett, 28
Des Moines, IA
Disappeared 1/19/1960
Listed as Homicide:
February 8, 1960
Frances Rafferty
Francis J. Rafferty
58 YOA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 64-00326
February 8, 1964
Alfred Allen
Alfred W. Allen
73 YOA
200 blk of Warren
Scott County
Davenport, IA
February 8, 1988
Gene Williamson crime scene
Gene W. Williamson
23 YOA
1311 21st Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1979-5278
February 9, 1979
John Conaway
John S. Conaway
Age at Report: 36
Missing From:
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # 98-008374
February 9, 1998
Ben Roseland
Benjamin Roseland
Age at Report: 19
Missing From:
Clinton, IA
Case # CL08000580
February 9, 2008
Connie Ruddy
21 YOA
Ida Grove, Iowa
Ida County
February 10, 1997
Taveros Galloway
29 YOA
500 blk Courtland
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
February 10, 2009
Robert Lee Kellar
Age at Report: 20
Missing From:
Muscatine, IA
Case # 92-017014
February 12, 1990
Susan Hagen
44 YOA
600 Blk. Birdland Dr.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1998-6532
February 12, 1998
Eric S. Redinbo
18 YOA
West Side
Keokuk, IA
Lee County
February 12, 1999

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