Barbara Lenz

Barbara Lenz (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Barbara Lealyn Lenz

Missing Person

Barbara Lealyn Lenz
Age at Report: 31 YOA
DOB: August 30, 1957
Weight: 130 lbs.
Height: 5′ 07″
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing From: Logan/Woodbine, IA
Harrison County
Case Number: 89-03215
NCIC Number: M-360981053
NamUs MP # 5423
Missing Since: May 6, 1989


Harrison County in Iowa
Harrison County in Iowa
Logan in Harrison County
Logan in Harrison County
Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Barbara Lenz was last seen by her boyfriend, who dropped her off at her apartment on May 6, 1989. Barbara said she was going to visit an old boyfriend in Omaha that afternoon, but never arrived.

On May 17, 1989, the victim’s family called the Woodbine Police Department and reported they had not had contact with her since May 3, 1989.

(The Iowa Missing Person Clearinghouse also states that Lenz was reported missing to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Logan, Iowa.) Lenz lived about 17 miles northeast of Missouri Valley in Woodbine.

At the time of Lenz’s disappearance, her mother was hospitalized in Missouri Valley with pneumonia and Lenz visited her every day. When she did not visit her mother for two days in a row, her mother sent relatives to check Lenz’s residence. Inside the home they found Lenz’s coffee pot half-full and switched on, her laundry half-folded, and Lenz’s keys and purse left there.

Barbara Lenz early 20s

Barbara Lenz in her early 20s (Courtesy

Lenz, who left behind a 3-year-old daughter, has never been heard from again and investigators believe she was taken against her will.

In May 2006, mushroom hunters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, found a 55-gallon barrel with a woman’s skeletal remains inside, but dental records concluded the woman was not Lenz.

Lenz has a purple-colored scar two inches below her left elbow. Her case remains unsolved.

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Barbara Lenz’s case was one of approximately 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.

Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit was exhausted in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.

The DCI remains committed to the resolution of Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.

Information Needed

If you have any information regarding Barbara Lenz’s disappearance, please contact Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Don Shreffler at (712) 396-3821.




17 Responses to Barbara Lenz

  1. LuAnn says:

    Did the police question Barbaras boyfriend in her disappearance?? Sounds to me like he could maybe be withholding information and why would she be visiting an “old boyfriend” in Omaha????? That seems really strange. Maybe she told her boyfriend this and he got upset with her and jealous and maybe did something to her? Also it says that her coffee maker was left on, her laundry half-folded and she had left her purse and keys @ her apartment…Like the investigators said it does look like she either left somewhere in a hurry, or was taken against her will…Where was her 3-year old daughter @ the time??

    I hope that this case will be solved soon and that her family and friends will find some closure…………………………………………….

    This is just my speculation.

    Also why would Barbara be reported missing to the Harrison County Sheriffs Office in Logan, Iowa when she lived in Woodbine???

    • Gail says:

      Logan, is where the sheriffs office and jail is. Logan, is about 9 miles from Woodbine. Woodbine has local police, sheriff was probably notified because they at state wide.

  2. lindsy says:

    Thank you ladies. I just happened to stumble along your posts about this grace doe. I am Barbara’s daughter. I am seriously looking into this unidentified body. The heighth is off by 5 inches or so but it is certainly worth a shot. Thank you so much. :)

    • Gail says:

      Did you have any luck looking into this grace doe person?

      • Jody Ewing says:

        The McDonald County, Missouri unidentified woman does have dental information and charting entered, so officials could compare that to Barbara’s dental records. NamUs lists six individuals who’ve been “ruled out” as being this decedent, and Barbara isn’t one of them, so there’s still some hope a match might be made.

        Lindsy, I hope you get answers in your mother’s disappearance (and suspected death) very soon. The ‘not knowing’ is a heavy burden to bear. My thoughts are with you.

    • I hope your able to put your mom to rest. May she be put to rest by your family soon.

  3. I always wonder when I may see my cousin being on here for his cold case. Thomas Mather was brutally murdered in his own home. I would like to see justice for him.

  4. Who was her boyfriend at that time? Again, was he a suspect?

  5. Lindsy. You are in my prayers and I hope soon you can put your mom to rest. I remember this. I was a sophomore in Woodbine.

  6. Lindsy says:

    Thank you. :)

  7. julie grinnell says:

    What was Robert Davis’ aliby? Why didnt the police look at him? Wouldnt suprise me if it was him.

  8. Travis Wulf says:

    At the time this was my uncles sister inlaw. Can’t beleive it has been this long with no answers.

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