Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Welcome to the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website, the U.S.’s first public database to document unsolved murders and suspicious missing persons cases on a statewide basis.

The project that led to Iowa Cold CasesCourtesy Weekender
A Weekender series on Sioux City’s unsolved murders and missing persons cases served as the genesis for the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website. The first in the series ran in May 2004, and the ICC website launched in December 2005.

This project would not have been possible without the help of Capt. Lisa Claeys of the Sioux City Police Department and then-Weekender editor Thomas Ritchie, whose tremendous passion and commitment to telling these victims’ stories laid the groundwork to giving voice to those silenced.

The site includes victim case summaries cross-referenced by name, the victim’s city or county, the year the crime occurred or by decade. It also includes a list of cases solved since ICC launched in December 2005. Our Rewards page profiles cases offering cash rewards for information leading to arrests and/or convictions.

ICC incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit in April 2010, and though we are not affiliated with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, we do work as a liaison with all three agencies.

If you believe you have information that might help solve a case, we strongly urge you to contact the appropriate agency or investigator, which you’ll find listed on every victim’s case summary page.

Thank you for taking time from your day to visit our site.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Clarence Case
Clarence Case
62 YOA
1646 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA
Case # 1961-00273
February 16, 1961
1965 Killings Go Unsolved clip
William Freimuth
71 YOA
Fawkes Gas Station
Fort Dodge, IA
Case # 61-00280
February 16, 1961
Missing Person
Harold O. Doerring
Age at Report: 66
Missing From:
Decorah, IA
Winneshiek County
February 16, 1997
Massie Pittman clip
Mrs. Massie Pittman
36 YOA
621 N. Harrison
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 17, 1969
Cecil Earl Paris
Cecil Earl Paris
31 YOA
Iowa Fiber Box Co.
Keokuk, IA
Lee County
February 18, 1928
Don Jeys gravestone
Don Jeys Sr.
64 YOA
700 Blk West 5th St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 18, 1972
Gregory Dickey DMR clip
Gregory N. Dickey
23 YOA
Interstate 80
Altoona, IA
Case # 75-00248
February 18, 1975
Marlene Padfield
17 YOA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
February 19, 1959
Shane Alex Lass
6 days old
Norwalk, IA
Warren County
February 19, 1992

David Morris, 68
Morris Foods
2550 Maury Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1973-12106
February 22, 1973
Terry Vanden Hull murder scene
Terry Vanden Hull
20 YOA
2 1/2 miles SE
Maxwell, IA
Story County
February 24, 1975
Kathleen Stith
47 YOA
966 E. 6th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1994-7200
February 24, 1994

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