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*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Lee County but may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are included here for cross-reference purposes. More specific information may be found on each victim’s individual page.
Cecil Earl Paris
Iowa Fiber Box Company
February 18, 1928
Iowa Fiber Box Company nightwatchman Cecil Earl Paris, 31, was shot while on duty on February 18, 1928.
On October 9, 1960, Willard Charles Woodring, 42, owner and operator of a house of prostitution, commonly referred to as the “Hawkeye Hotel,” and Richard B. Buchanan, 49, a customer, were shot and killed during a robbery by a young male gunman in a black leather jacket who was accompanied by a young red-head in a lavender dress.
Arthur Leon Ransford
Case # 84-02367
Disappeared from Keokuk Nov. 22, 1983
Body found south of Montrose
May 13, 1984
Thirty-six-year-old Vietnam vet Arthur L. Ransford went missing from Keokuk, Iowa, November 22, 1983. On May 13, 1984, his remains were found enclosed in a large yellow bag someone had buried under cement blocks in a wooded area south of Montrose overlooking the Mississippi River.
Gary L. Counts
Age at Report: 42
Weight: 180 lbs.
Incident Type: Missing after a catastrophe
Missing From: Fort Madison, IA (jurisdiction)
Reported Missing: May 3, 1994
Gary L. Counts, 42, was reported missing to the Fort Madison Police Department in Fort Madison, Iowa, on May 3, 1994, after a boating mishap. His body has never been recovered.
Eric Scott Redinbo
February 12, 1999
Eric Scott Redinbo, 18, died Friday night, February 12, 1999, from a single blast to the head from a 12 gauge shotgun at a Keokuk, Iowa home. Officers said they were called to Susan Anderson’s house on Keokuk’s west side around 8:40 p.m. Friday, where they found Redinbo’s body. Police said the 12 gauge had accidentally gone off inside the home, hitting Redinbo once in the head. They ruled his death an accident. Barely two days later, Dolores “Toni” Hornung, 48, died early on Valentine’s Day after being shot with a 30-30 rifle. The two homes, less than 100 feet apart, had adjacent back yards. Horning’s death was ruled a homicide, and some believe the two cases are connected.
Dolores Antonia “Toni” Hornung
(aka Toni Martinez)
Case # 99-01605
February 14, 1999
Dolores A. “Toni” (Martinez) Hornung, 48, was shot to death in her Keokuk, Iowa home with a 30-30 rifle early Sunday morning on Valentine’s Day, 1999. Less than two days earlier, 18-year-old Eric Scott Redinbo was killed by a single blast to the head from a 12 gauge shotgun in a house that shared an adjacent back yard to Hornung’s home. Some believe the two cases are connected.
Bonnie Jean Callahan
111 S. Second St., Apt. 10
June 15, 2004
Bonnie Jean Callahan, 73, of 111 S. Second St., Apt. 10, Mississippi Terrace in Keokuk, was last seen alive at 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2004. A fisherman discovered her body Tuesday afternoon in the Mississippi River, floating in a small cove near the Southside Boat Club. According to an email from Callahan’s granddaughter sent to Iowa Cold Cases on Jan. 12, 2014, her grandmother was bludgeoned and placed in the river.