Marlene "Mickey" Padfield, a 17-year-old aspiring actress from Lisbon, Iowa, went missing Feb. 19, 1959, after meeting with a Coe College community theater student. A farmer discovered the teen's skeletal remains two months later.More
Stabbed and Strangled
Hulda Fischer, 84, was stabbed repeatedly and strangled in her Maquoketa home Feb. 25, 1975. Neighbors found her lying face down in her basement, a butcher knife protruding from her chest.More
Despite eight unusual tattoos and personal effects, no one has yet stepped forward to identify a man Des Moines police found Feb. 28, 1984, in a brushy and watery area along a dirt trail on the city's southeast side.More
Why Still Unsolved?
The burned-alive murder of 2-year-old Ricky Morehouse III on March 3, 2001, has been a source of disbelief and outrage in southwest Iowa communities for more than 15 years. Are police any closer to making an arrest in this heinous crime?More
Explore this interactive map of Iowa's unsolved murders, dating back to 1847, and read profiles on some of these murder victims. Map compiled by Des Moines Register as part of 'Gone Cold' series partnership.More