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.

Dr. William Hamilton
33 YOA
Liberty Township
Marysville, IA
Marion County
November 26, 1900
Paul Knockel
Paul Joseph Knockel
Age at Report: 53
Missing From:
Dubuque, IA
Case # 90-31654
November 26, 1990
Nicholas White
Nicholas “Nick” White
20 YOA
1511 29th St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 12-37248
November 26, 2012
Willie Junior Brocks
49 YOA
400 blk 15th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
November 27, 1999
Julie Benning
Julie Benning
18 YOA
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
Case # 76-00382
November 28, 1975
George Leonard gravestone
George Leonard, 53
Inn Tavern
902 S. 14th Street
Clinton, IA
Case # 81-06936
November 28, 1981
Danny Baker
28 YOA
617 18th Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
November 28, 1983
Dorothy Rose
Dorothy Jenine Rose
43 YOA
206 12th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
November 28, 2006
Larry Murillo
Larry Murillo
Age at Report: 25
Case # 09-039818
Missing From:
Council Bluffs, IA
November 28, 2009
Lucile Bacher
43 YOA
Lincoln Ave. Pharmacy
Davenport, IA
Scott County
November 29, 1955
Scott Tompkins
Scott Tompkins
23 YOA
Muscatine, IA
Muscatine County
Case # 95-13656
November 29, 1995
Michael Anderson
29 YOA
200 block of Warren
Davenport, IA
Scott County
November 30, 1987

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