Taylor County in Iowa
Cold Cases in Taylor County, Iowa
Pansy May Turnbull
Ringgold and Taylor counties
August 26, 1926
On Thursday afternoon, August 26, 1926, Pansy May Turnbull, the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Turnbull of Diagonal, Iowa, was found drugged and beaten after attending a Street Fair in Clearfield, Iowa. She died a short time later at her Diagonal, Iowa home. While five young men were arrested and charged with her murder, none were ever convicted and the murder remains unsolved.
Age at Report: 14
Missing From: Bedford, IA (Taylor County)
Date Reported Missing: October 5, 1975
Colleen Simpson was reported missing to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in Bedford on October 5, 1975. She was last seen at home where she disappeared during the night.
Boyd George Novinger
Bedford, IA (Taylor County)
Case # 97-13903
December 27, 1997
Boyd Novinger was killed at his Bedford, Iowa, residence by gunshot wounds to the chest. Novinger’s son-in-law discovered Novinger’s body on December 28, 1997.