Sioux City in Woodbury County

Sioux City in Woodbury County

Map of Woodbury County in Iowa

Woodbury County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Sioux City, IA

 

 

 

Rev. George Haddock

Homicide
Rev. George Haddock
56 YOA
Corner of 3rd and Water streets
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
August 3, 1886

Just after 10 p.m. on August 3, 1886, the Reverend George Haddock of Sioux City, Iowa, was shot as he left his buggy at the stables. He lay dead in the gutter on the southwest corner of 3rd and Water streets.

 

Jimmy Bremmers

Jimmy Bremmers

Homicide:
Jimmy Bremmers
8 YOA
2701 Cottage Ave.
Sioux City, IA (Woodbury County)
Body Found in Plymouth County
Estimated Date of Death: August 31, 1954

Eight-year-old Jimmy Bremmers disappeared on August 31, 1954, after visiting friends on the block where he lived on Sioux City’s west side. His body was found by county workers almost one month later on Sept. 29. Ernest Triplett — an itinerant music salesman for Flood Music in Sioux City — was arrested, charged and convicted in Jimmy’s death, but the conviction was overturned in 1972.

 

Donna Sue Davis

Donna Sue Davis

Homicide
Donna Sue Davis
22 months of age
715 Isabella Street
Sioux City, IA
July 10, 1955

Donna Sue Davis, 22 months old, was abducted from her crib in her Sioux City, Iowa, home the evening of July 10, 1955. Her battered body was found the following day at the edge of a South Sioux City, Nebraska, cornfield.

 

Homicide
Hilda Fletcher
53 YOA
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 15, 1958

Hilda Fletcher was found beneath a blood-soaked bed in her Sioux City, Iowa, home on December 15, 1958. The 53-year-old died of a brain hemorrhage and there were abrasions and contusions over much of her body.

 

Thomas

Thomas “Myles” Dougherty

Missing Person
Thomas Myles Dougherty
45 YOA
Sioux City, IA
January 12, 1961

Forty-five-year-old Thomas Myles Dougherty, a WWII double amputee fitted with prosthetic metal “hooks” on both arms, disappeared on January 12, 1961, after an early morning breakfast at the Metropolitan Café in Sioux City, Iowa. He was last seen driving a 1954 dark green Tudor Ford with white sidewalls in front and black mud and snow grips on the rear, Iowa license plate number 97-11426.

 

Billy Isom

Billy Isom

Jesse Hanni

Jesse Hanni

Triple Homicide
Ernest William (Billy) Isom II, 27;
Jesse James Hanni, 26;
Freta Fawn (Bostic) Isom, 24

117 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 3, 1974

At 11:22 a.m., the bodies of three persons were found brutally murdered in a rented two-story home in Sioux City, Iowa. The mother of victim Ernest William “Billy” Isom discovered the bodies.

Freta Bostic

Freta Bostic

Freta (Bostic) Isom — pregnant at the time — was found on the dining room floor, wearing only a housecoat, shot once through the back.

Billy Isom — shot five times in the head and body — lay naked on a mattress on the living room floor.

Jesse Hanni was found fully clothed, wearing a winter jacket, and had been shot once through the back and once behind the left ear in execution style.

 

 

Maurice Kneifl

Maurice Kneifl

Missing Person
Maurice Kneifl
58 YOA
Sioux City, IA
February 14, 1983

On Feb. 16, 1983, the Sioux City Police Department received a report of a missing person — 58-year-old Maurice Kneifl — by Kneifl’s girlfriend, Joyce Fish, and her daughter Lori. Maurice was reportedly last seen on Feb. 14, 1983, driving his 1981 dark brown Fleetwood Cadillac, bearing Iowa license plate HIZ379. He had left Joyce’s residence around 9:30 p.m. Kneifl owned and operated Fethke Cleaners located at 1209 W. 26th Street. An exhaustive search has turned up no leads as to his whereabouts.

 

Terri McCauley

Terri McCauley

Homicide:
Terri McCauley
18 YOA
33rd & Pavonia St.
Sioux City, IA
October 6, 1983

On Oct. 1, 1983, 18-year-old McCauley was reported missing by her mother. She was reported last seen alive on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1983, at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the area of W. 7th & Omaha in Sioux City. At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 6, 1983, her partially decomposed body was located in a wooded area in the vicinity of 33rd & Pavonia Street by a local resident walking his dog. The victim had died from a shotgun wound to the face.

 

Ronald Zellmer

Ronald Zellmer

Missing Person
Ronald Leroy Zellmer
31 YOA
Sioux City, IA
April 6, 1985

At approximately 5:50 a.m., South Sioux City Police located a 1984 Chevy Cavalier — registered to Zellmer — parked on the south end of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Sioux City Police were called to check Zellmer’s residence at 1003 Pierce Street, Apt. B-3, and found it empty with nothing unusual within the apartment. Family members reported he had suffered from depression for years. A search of the Missouri River proved unsuccessful.

 

Unidentified White Male:
John Doe
200 Block of S. Lewis Blvd. (Hwy 75)
Sioux City, IA
March 25, 1986

At approximately 9:42 a.m., Sioux City Police responded to a report of a man down under a bridge near Marx Trucking. Marx employees had observed smoke and a noxious odor coming from the area the day before. Investigators located the body of man — believed to be between 40-50 years of age — burned beyond recognition, with a gas can located between the victim’s legs. A nationwide search has not determined the man’s identity.

 

Homicide
Kevin Clark
26 YOA
1514 Villa Avenue
Sioux City, IA
December 8, 1991

Just after climbing into the back passenger seat of friend’s vehicle after a party, Kevin Clark was shot at approximately 5:19 a.m. on Dec. 8, 1991, by a black male subject who approached the 1981 Chevy Citation with 9 millimeter rifle, shouted an obscenity and then began firing into the vehicle. Clark – who had in his possession a 38 Titan Special revolver – returned the gunfire, but was struck three times in the torso.

 

Homicide
Betty Swetnam
73 YOA
1610 West 19th St.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
January 1, 1994

Betty Swetnam was found dead at the bottom of her basement steps on January 1, 1994. The 73-year-old grandmother had been stabbed multiple times.

 

Kenneth Harker

Kenneth Harker

Missing Person
Kenneth Harker
34 YOA
Sioux City, IA
October 9, 1996

On October 9, 1996, Marie Harker contacted the Sioux City Police Department to report her adult son, Kenneth Harker, as missing. According to Marie, Kenneth suffered from a head injury he’d received several years earlier that had left him disabled. Four days earlier on October 5, Harker’s 1977 white Chevy Suburban, while parked on a gravel road, had been tagged by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office as an abandoned vehicle.

 

David Redowl

David Redowl

Homicide:
David Redowl
27 YOA
610 West 3rd St.
Sioux City, IA
April 26, 1997

At approximately 2:00 a.m., David Redowl and his 24-year-old sister, Sonja, had a physical altercation in the back yard of their mother’s residence on West 3rd St., which both Redowl and his sister listed as their home. Sioux Police were contacted about 2:07 a.m, and found Redowl with a stab wound to the chest.

 

Wilbur Brown

Wilbur Brown

Homicide
Wilbur Brown
47 YOA
603 West 5th St.
Sioux City, IA
Sept. 14, 1997

Wilbur Brown was found lying on the ground between a curb and the sidewalk at 603 West 5th St. in Sioux City, Iowa, about 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 1997. An autopsy revealed he’d been beaten about the head and body and died as a result of those injuries.

 

Patricia Jauron

Homicide
Patricia Jauron
45 YOA
1516 Old Highway 141
Sioux City, IA (Woodbury County jurisdiction)
Case # 98-06160
May 26, 1998

Patricia Jauron’s body was discovered by her husband Gene at their former home across the road from where they’d just moved after she left to show someone a waterbed and didn’t return home. Patricia had been stabbed multiple times with such force the blade broke off in her chest.

 

Missing Person
Greg Stover
44 YOA
DOB: 7/20/54
White male
Missing From: Sioux City, IA
Missing since: March 8, 1999

Greg Stover was reported missing to the Sioux City Police Department, in Sioux City on March 8, 1999.

 

Anthony Evans

Hit-and-Run Homicide
Anthony Lee “Tony” Evans
5 YOA
1016 21st St.
Sioux City, IA
June 20, 2000

Five-year-old Anthony Evans was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 1000 block of 21st street in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 20, 2000. The vehicle that hit Anthony was described as a 1996 or newer model white Dodge Dakota pickup truck with an extended cab or possibly four doors.

 

Adrian Reuwsaat

Adrian Reuwsaat

Missing Person
Adrian Reuwsaat
69 YOA
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
Missing Since: November 3, 2002

Adrian Reuwsaat was reported missing to the Sioux City Police Department in Sioux City on November 3, 2002.

 

 

Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly

Missing Person
Helen J. Kelly
83 YOA
3646 Court St.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
Missing Since: May 18, 2005

Helen Kelly of Sioux City, Iowa, was reported missing by her husband on May 18, 2005. Kelly left behind her purse and had not mentioned plans to travel anywhere. She has never been heard from again. Her gold 2000 Honda Accord with Iowa license plates numbered 953EDK also remains missing.

 

Manuel Ramirez

Homicide
Manuel Ramirez
6 YOA
1417 Virginia St.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
March 7, 2011

On Monday night, March 7, 2011, Sioux City police responded to a 911 call from 1417 Virginia Street, where they found 6-year-old Manuel Ramirez dead in the bathtub. Officers administered CPR but were unable to revive the Irving Elementary School first-grader. Officers at the scene were told Manuel had drowned, but Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young said evidence did not point to drowning.

 

Tony “T-Bone” Canfield

Homicide
Tony Ray Canfield
52 YOA
1401 George St.
Sioux City, Iowa
Woodbury County
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Late on Sunday, May 1, 2011, Tony Ray “T-Bone” Canfield, 52, was shot in the head outside a Sioux City apartment house he shared with his wife, Dana, in what police say began as a home invasion.

 

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10 Responses to Sioux City

  1. Jeff Bentson says:

    You don’t have the case of Linda Bently on your Cold Cases. She was a 17 yo West High student who went missing in Sioux City in 1984. Her car was found stuck in mud about 2 blocks from her home with her purse still in it. She was returning from a party or a dance. Her body was found about a month later after an exhaustive search of the Riverside area where her house was. She was found in the Big Sioux River. Police have always suspected foul play.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Jeff, we’ve had a number of inquiries in the past about Linda’s death, but her case’s official classification is an accidental drowning. Dr. Thomas Corridon, the medical examiner, concluded Linda had a high BAC and there was water in her lungs. She was found fully clothed, and there was no evidence of any type of assault. Many didn’t want to believe Linda had drowned, and a forensic pathologist was called in from Des Moines to conduct a second autopsy. He, too, concluded Linda had not been assaulted and that cause of death was accidental drowning.

      I spoke with Sioux City police Lt. (now Capt.) Lisa Claeys about Linda’s case back in May 2004, and she confirmed the official ruling. People have posed different theories and suppositions to police over the years, and though investigators have followed up on every single one, nothing has turned up to alter the official classification. Pending some type of solid evidence to prove otherwise, Linda’s case remains classified as an accidental drowning.

      Thank you for asking about her. Her untimely death deeply affected her many friends and loved ones.

      • Jeff Bentson says:

        Thanks Jody for the reply, and thank you and your staff for the wonderful work you have done here.

        • brad bentley says:

          Jeff Bentson, who are you and how do you know my sister?

          • Jeff Bentson says:

            Brad I never knew Linda. I remember her case because I volunteered as did several people to search for her after her disappearance. Sorry I got the dates wrong. I was 15 when she went missing and helped to search War Eagle Park and Riverside Park with friends. We were organized by the SCPD. Sorry for your families loss, hope you all will find justice for her some day. I am currently a Sioux City Fire Fighter stationed at Station 8 in Riverside. God Bless

    • brad bentley says:

      Your date of 1984 is wrong. Linda Bentley’s death was: Apr. 27, 1983 as marked on her headstone and she most likely was killed the night she disappeared, I believe it was March 5th, 1983. There was foul play by the way, people have contacted my family claiming they know what happened but have no evidence to prove it.

  2. Bruce Evans says:

    What about Anthony Lee Evans. 2000 hit and run in Sioux city

  3. liberty beauchene says:

    Maurice kneifl is my grandpa .. never got to meet him but have always wondered if there was any new evidence or leads ….thnks liberty

  4. A.J. CARIAGA JR. says:

    JODY @ICC, NONE THE LESS THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU AND STAFF DO.

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