Michael Anderson

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Michael Anderson

Homicide

Michael Anderson
200 block of Warren
Davenport, IA
Scott County
November 30, 1987

Michael Anderson was found in the 200 block of Warren in Davenport on Monday, November 30, 1987.

Information Needed

Anyone with information about Michael Anderson’s unsolved murder is asked to contact the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-7979.

Clifford Lewis

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Clifford Lewis

Homicide

Clifford Lewis
600 block of North Brady Street
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 2, 1982

Clifford Lewis was found dead in the 600 block of North Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, December 2, 1982.

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Roger Warren

On February 10, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Roger Warren

Roger Warren (courtesy Quad-City Times)

Roger H. Warren

Homicide

Roger Herbert Warren
12 YOA
Found in Mississippi River
Davenport, IA
Scott County
Went Missing: Sunday, August 19, 1979
Body Found: Saturday, August 25, 1979 

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Twelve-year-old Roger Warren — the son of Herbert and Joyce Warren of Davenport — disappeared on Sunday, August 19, 1979, near the Crescent Bridge in the city’s Division Street and West River Drive area. Six days later on Saturday afternoon, August 25, officials recovered his body from the Mississippi River about a mile downstream from the bridge where he’d last been seen playing with his younger brother.

Cause of death was listed as strangulation.

Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

In a Cedar Rapids Gazette article published Monday, August 27, 1979, Scott County Medical Examiner Dr. R.M. Perkins said a rope had been wrapped once around the boy’s neck. Following the autopsy, Perkins stated he was unable to determine exactly how long the partially-decomposed body had been in the water, but said it was at least “several days.”

Perkins told the Gazette he’d discovered no other injuries, but could not determine whether the boy was sexually assaulted because of the body’s condition. According to the Gazette, two of the boy’s uncles made the identification.

Authorities initially believed the youth had been kidnapped, and news reports described the 12-year-old as a white male, 4-feet-6, 90 pounds, and having short brown hair. He’d been wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue jeans, and red and white tennis shoes. His tennis shoes were found on Thursday, April 23, four days after he’d gone missing.

Roger Warren to younger brother: Go Home

Officials were able to piece together Roger’s last moments based on information provided by Roger’s 7-year-old brother, Gary.

Gary Warren told police the two had been playing near the bridge late Sunday afternoon when a man in a blue shirt approached them and offered to buy Roger a 10-speed bicycle and take him to a baseball game.

Gary Warren described the man as wearing blue jeans, having black hair and missing several front teeth, and being in his mid- to late 20s. Gary told authorities that both his brother and the man told him to go home, and that he’d last seen his brother walking across the bridge with the man. It was only after they’d gone that Gary Warren went home.

In a Gazette article dated Aug. 23, 1979, the boys’ mother, Joyce Warren, described Roger as an avid fisherman who liked to make new friends. She said she didn’t worry until Roger failed to return home that Sunday evening.

In the days following Warren’s disappearance, his relatives and friends joined police, firemen and sheriff’s deputies in a search that encompassed areas from both sides of the river.

Once the youth’s body was discovered — a light-colored sash-type cord wrapped once around his neck — police changed his classification from a missing person to a homicide.

Five months later on January 24, instead of celebrating their son’s 13th birthday, Roger Warren’s parents awaited an arrest in his murder.

Davenport Police Express Frustration

Nine months after finding Roger Warren’s body, Davenport police expressed frustration with the investigation; they believed they knew who killed Roger, but because they lacked concrete evidence, felt little could be done.

“It makes you feel like your hands are tied,” Lt. James Van Fossen, head of nightside detectives, said in a Quad-City Times article published in May 1980. “You reach a point where you’re relatively certain you know who did it, but due to the laws of the land you cannot arrest him.”

Van Fossen told the Times police were “keeping track” of the suspect — a married man with children — who still lived in the area.

“He is considered dangerous, and might very well do the same thing again,” Van Fossen said, noting that the suspect had not been involved in any subsequent cases since Roger Warren’s murder. The newspaper reported the man as being in his 30s.

Courtesy photo Patti Ovenden-Scudder, findagrave.com
Roger Warren’s gravestone lists his date of death as August 25, 1979, the day his body was recovered from the river.

Police and an unnamed private citizen offered a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, but the reward went unclaimed.

“You are always searching for the guy,” Joyce Warren told the Times. “You never know if he will come back for the one who was with Roger. You wonder if he will get someone else before he is caught.”

Police learned through an informant that they might find Roger’s shirt and a piece of the sash at one of two properties the suspect owned, but the searches — conducted with a warrant, according to the Times — produced no results. Hypnotizing Gary Warren in attempts to gather further information also proved unsuccessful.

Information Needed

If you have any information regarding Roger Warren’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

Sources
  • findagrave.com
  • Davenport’s Unsolved Homicides,” Quad-City Times, June 25, 2011
  • “Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Online Dispatch-Argus, March 27, 2010
  • “9 months later, police are stymied,” Quad-City Times, by Patrick McRoberts, May 1980
  • “Youth’s death called murder,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, Monday, August 27, 1979
  • “Boy believed kidnapped,” Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 23, 1979

 

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Judith Haecker

On February 10, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Judith Anne Haecker

Homicide

Judith Haecker
18 YOA
202 E. 15th St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
Case Number: 1971-10031
March 6, 1971

Case summary by Jody Ewing

Judith Anne Haecker, an 18-year-old Palmer College student, was found dead in her Davenport, Iowa, home on Sunday, March 7, 1971.

Scott County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Perkins determined the teen had been hit in the head with a blunt object and then strangled with enough force to break a small bone in her throat.

Perkins estimated Haecker’s death as sometime during Saturday’s early morning hours.

Judith’s parents — who lived just a few blocks away — had dropped her off at her 202 E. 15th St. apartment around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Judith had complained to them earlier about an annoying man who lived in the apartment complex, but when her parents offered to walk her to her door she declined; she said she saw her girlfriend’s car there and would be fine.

Haecker entertained three friends that evening and into Saturday’s early morning hours, and one guest — who admitted to being fairly intoxicated — said he’d left around 1:30 a.m. Another friend told Judith’s mother that Judith had called around 2:00 a.m. looking for [Haecker's] sister.

Just before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, Mrs. Haecker went by her daughter’s apartment to pick her up for a youth service program at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. Haecker found the apartment door locked, but knew Judith kept a spare key hidden in the hallway and used it to let herself in. Once inside, she found her daughter’s body lying face up on the bed. A window shade — likely knocked down during a struggle — lay on the bed near Haecker’s body.

Valuables had been left behind and police quickly ruled out robbery as a motive.

During the initial discovery stages and before Haecker’s body was removed from the apartment, a male friend stopped by to visit and provided police with a statement. Officials believed another visitor called on Haecker some time after her murder, but slipped a note beneath her door and then left when Haecker failed to answer the locked door.

Also discovered at the scene was a love poem Judith had written.

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If you have any information about Judith Haecker’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

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Sources:
  • Davenport’s unsolved homicides,” The Quad-City Times, Saturday, June 25, 2011
  • “Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Online, March 27, 2010
  • “Unsolved murders, Davenport area,” unsolvedmurdersqcarea.org/id3.html

 

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Martha Kistenmacher

On February 10, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Martha Kistenmacher

Homicide

Martha Kistenmacher
74 YOA
1300 block of Main Street
Davenport, IA
Scott County
November 2, 1978

Martha Kistenmacher was found dead in the 1300 block of Main Street in Davenport on November 2, 1978.

She was born July 16, 1904 to Louisa Rochau and Louis A. Kistenmacher in Blue Grass in Scott County. She had 10 siblings: Arnold, Henry, Walter, Louis, David, Alice, Lydia, Flora, Minnie, and John Kistenmacher.

 Courtesy photo TheMirrorBlue, findagrave.com
Martha Kistenmacher was buried with her family in Davenport Memorial Park.

She is buried in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

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Alfred Allen

On February 10, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing
Scott County in Iowa
Scott County in Iowa
Davenport Iowa
Davenport in Scott County

Alfred W. Allen

Homicide

Alfred W. Allen
73 YOA
200 block of Warren
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 8, 1988

Alfred Allen, 73, who hadn’t been seen for several days, was found slain in his apartment near downtown Davenport on February 8, 1988.

Alfred Allen was born September 24, 1914.

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Sources:
  • “Cold case murders 1935-2009,” Quad-Cities Online, March 27, 2010
  • “Iowa Briefs,” The Telegraph-Herald, Feb. 15, 1988
  • Familysearch.org