Barbara Lenz (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)
Barbara Lealyn Lenz
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
Case Number: 89-03215
NCIC Number: M-360981053
NamUs MP # 5423
Missing Since: May 6, 1989
- Harrison County in Iowa
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 in her early 20s (Courtesy photobucket.com)
Lenz, who left behind a three-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.
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.