Onawa, IA, in Monona County
Monona County in Iowa
Cold Cases in Onawa, IA
Hope and Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA
Crime Location: 20877 Gum Ave.
Onawa, Iowa (Monona County)
Case # 07-SO0855
Date of Crime: August 28, 2007
Date of Death: Sept. 1, 2007
Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA, died September 1, 2007 from burns sustained in an August 28 house explosion caused by copper thieves who’d stripped propane gas lines from the home and let it fill with gas.
Earl and his wife Hope had purchased the rural property from Hope’s mother and recently deceased father, and had been readying the home for a new renter.
The Thelander family has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Monona County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-859-1414 or 712-433-1414.