BREAKING: Arrest Made in Kaiden Estling Homicide


Kelli Jo Michael (Courtesy KWWL)

FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — Nearly 2 years to the day that a teen was killed while driving his moped south of Fayette, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest in the case.

Kaiden Estling

Kaiden Estling

The sheriff’s office arrested and charged Kelli Jo Michael, 26, of Des Moines on Friday in the death of Kaiden Estling. Michael is charged with homicide by vehicle-reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident – death.

Estling, 14, of Maynard was driving a moped south along Highway 150 on June 28, 2018, when he was hit by a vehicle. It happened about 2-1/2 miles south of Fayette.

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Just one day after after the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced the arrest of a suspect in the June 2004 death of Bonnie Callahan, 73, of Keokuk, Iowa, the DCI announced that a Waterloo man was being charged with the 1981 murder of Pamela McCall in Tennessee and two 1992 homicides in Wyoming.

Clark Perry Baldwin

Clark Perry Baldwin (Courtesy photo Black Hawk County Jail)

On May 6, 2020, the DCI assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation and the Tennessee 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office with the arrest of Clark Perry Baldwin (DOB 8-22-61) of 209 W. 5th Street #612, Waterloo, Iowa.

Baldwin, 58, is charged with two counts of murder in the 1991 Tennessee killing of 32-year-old Pamela Rose McCall and her unborn fetus.

He’s also charged in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in 1992 roughly 400 miles apart in Wyoming. The women, who were never identified, are referred to as “Bitter Creek Betty” and “I-90 Jane Doe.”

Federal authorities used forensic genealogy — the practice of using genetic information in online databases — and looked at similar cases, which eventually led them to Baldwin, said Brent Cooper, attorney general of the 22nd Judicial District in Tennessee.

Baldwin was taken into custody Wednesday, May 6, at his Waterloo home after investigators linked his DNA with semen and other materials recovered from the victims.

Baldwin worked as an over-the-road truck driver for most of his career, living in Nashua and Waterloo, Iowa, and Springfield, Missouri.

Though the suspected serial killer is being questioned in multiple unsolved murders across several states, authorities in Illinois say Baldwin “does not appear to have been involved” in the unsolved 1992 slaying of Iowa college student Tammy Zywicki.

This is an ongoing, multi-state and federal investigation, and updates will be posted on the Iowa Cold Cases “News” page as more details come to light.

Here’s what we know about Clark Perry Baldwin — courtesy the Des Moines Register.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

We remember upcoming cold case anniversaries and birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

Roscoe Harris headstone Roscoe D. Harris
46 YOA
RR Casey
Guthrie County, IA
Case # 63-00639
July 6, 1963
3531-54th-Des-Moines-165px Anna T. Miller
57 YOA
3531 54th St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-25150
July 8, 1978
Matthew Carter Matthew Adam Carter
21 YOA
Jones-Delaware Rd.
Hopkinton, IA
Delaware County
July 9, 2006
Donna Sue Davis Donna Sue Davis
21 months of age
715 Isabella Street
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
July 10, 1955
Leota Camp Leota Camp
25 YOA
3213 Flemming Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1967-10836
July 10, 1967
Patricia Veach Patricia Ann Veach
805 SW Lally
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1969-12925
July 10, 1969
Pam Carter Pamela Carter, 24
2300 Blk Euclid
Des Moines River
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1990-32639
July 10, 1990
Bernadene Sealine Bernadene Sealine
Age at Report: 67
Missing From:
Pottawattamie County
Case # SG-93-82
July 10, 1993
Breiton Ackerman Breiton Ackerman, 4
Missing Since 5/22/05
From Orange City, IA
Sioux County
Would be celebrating 20th birthday July 10

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