Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Thank you for taking time to visit Iowa Cold Cases (ICC), the U.S.’s first and foremost statewide repository of unsolved murders and persons missing under mysterious circumstances.

Here you’ll find victims’ stories and summaries compiled by data from police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, Crime Stoppers, newspaper archives, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s former Cold Case Unit, and ICC interviews with victims’ family members, friends and co-workers. Cases are cross-referenced by name, year, decade, city, and county to make them more easily accessible to fellow writers and researchers or those who wish to learn more about a specific case.

Many thanks to all who took time to contact either law enforcement, your local newspaper, or ICC during our 2015-2016 partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and its participating members — both daily and weekly newspapers — who joined forces to bring readers the weekly GONE COLD: EXPLORING IOWA’S UNSOLVED MURDERS series about cases that still hold promise for closure.

A special thank you to INA’s Chris Mudge, executive director, and Jodi Hulbert, communications director, to Des Moines Register Editor and VP Amalie Nash, and every reporter and newspaper who made the commitment to this year-long, in-depth, worthwhile project.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

Kimberly Doss age-progressed to 47
Kimberly S. Doss
Age at Report: 16
Missing: Davenport, IA
Case # 82-46115
Missing Since:
September 1, 1982
Earl Thelander
Earl Thelander
80 YOA
Onawa, IA
Monona County
Crime Date: 8-28-07
DOD: Sept. 1, 2007
Neal Townsend
Neal R. Townsend, 29
Lifelong Anamosa resident
Killed in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
September 2, 1975
Hazel Reimann
87 YOA
131 S.E. Watrous Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
September 2, 2008
William Talbert, Jr.
18 YOA
1400 21st
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1995-40323
September 3, 1995
Johnny Gosch
Johnny Gosch
Age at Report: 12
Missing From:
West Des Moines, IA
Case # 82-04613
September 5, 1982
Jamedia Hines
Jamedia Hines
22 YOA
1700 Oakland Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1987-37149
September 5, 1987
Jane Wakefield
Jane Ellen Wakefield
Age at Report: 26
Missing From:
Iowa City, IA
Missing Since:
September 6, 1975
Wanda Morrow
Wanda J. Morrow, 14
Cedar Rapids resident Found dead in Pima County, Arizona (AZ jurisdiction)
September 6, 1976
Viola Findley
Viola Findley
Age at Report: 29
Missing From:
Waterloo, IA
NamUS MP # 2914
September 6, 1983
Myrtle Cook
Myrtle Cook
51 YOA
703 Third Ave.
Vinton, IA
Benton County
September 7, 1925
Lisa Peak
Marie “Lisa” Peak
19 YOA
One quarter mile north of Waverly, IA
Bremer County
September 7, 1976
Jeffery Zolliecoffer
Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer
23 YOA
Cedar River
Waterloo, IA
September 7, 1989
Rhonda Knutson
Rhonda Knutson
23 YOA
New Hampton, IA
Chickasaw County
Case # 92-07040
September 7, 1992
Donald Hebert
Donald Hebert
43 YOA
3115 SW McKinley
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1980-38313
September 8, 1980

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