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.

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Paul M. Brule
30 YOA
2218 Sixth Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
July 25, 1998
Arthur Rascon
Arthur Rascon
Age at Report: 72
Missing From:
Davenport, IA
Missing Since:
July 25, 2005
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Nels P. Louvring
51 YOA
315 Water Street
Fayette, IA
Fayette County
July 29, 1933
Geralyn Kean
Geralyn Jean Kean
17 YOA
446 SE Hart
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-26584
July 29, 1975
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Cartha “Jack” Pearson
26 YOA
200 blk Linn St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
July 29, 1993
Bill Wood
James “Bill” Wood, 79
2698 Hwy R-63
Norwalk, IA
Warren County
Case # 2011-044536
July 30, 2011
Kay Wood
Kaidena “Kay” Wood, 72
2698 Hwy R-63
Norwalk, IA
Warren County
Case # 2011-044536
July 30, 2011
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Rafael Robinson
926 Oak Ridge
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1996-32331
July 31, 1996
Elizabeth Collins
Elizabeth Collins, 8
Disappeared from
Evansdale 7/13/2012
Found 12/5/2012
Would have celebrated 13th birthday July 31
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Billy Lee Clark
43 YOA
Shot in county pasture
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
August 1, 1975
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Ruthie Pohlmeier
37 YOA
3839 E. 14th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 04-14785
April 25, 2004
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Charles Hines
46 YOA
11 S. Delaware Ave.
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
August 2, 1975
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Amos Jellison
74 YOA
306 Prospect St. NE
Blairstown, IA
Benton County
August 2, 1981
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Cordell Kirby
46 YOA
1400 E. 18th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1999-28964
August 2, 1999
Missing Person
Austin Hildenbeck
Age at Report: 14
Missing From:
Polk County, IA
Missing Since:
August 2, 2011

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