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 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.

Paul Rayer
Paul J. Rayer
51 YOA
Club 64 Restaurant
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # 67-01188
December 5, 1967
Officer John Stephens
John L. Stephens
32 YOA
Club 64 Restaurant
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # 67-01188
December 5, 1967
Lyric Cook
Lyric Cook
Age at Report: 10
Disappeared from
Evansdale July 13, 2012
Found in Bremer County Dec. 5, 2012
Elizabeth Collins
Elizabeth Collins
Age at Report: 8
Disappeared from
Evansdale July 13, 2012
Found in Bremer County Dec. 5, 2012
Theodore Hoerstman
Theodore Hoerstman
Age at Report: 45
Missing From:
Dubuque, IA
Missing Since:
December 6, 1982
Rashad Adair
Rashad Adair, Sr.
31 YOA
1410 Washington Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 12-38444
December 6, 2012

Thaddeus Mitchell
44 YOA
St. Joseph & 20th
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
December 7, 1922
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Lowell Stumo
48 YOA
Northwood, IA
Worth County
Case # 97-13243
December 7, 1997
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Connie Ruddy, 21
Ida Grove, Iowa
Ida County
Disappeared 2-10-97
Would have celebrated 41st birthday Dec. 8
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Kevin Jack, 21
5700 blk North Pine St.
Davenport, IA
Killed June 15, 2002
Would have celebrated 36th birthday Dec. 8
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Kevin Clark
26 YOA
1514 Villa Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 8, 1991
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Gladys D. Held
83 YOA
315 Walnut St., Apt 321
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 8, 1993
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Ruben Lara, Jr.
40 YOA
Highway 218
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 8, 2000
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Paul M. Brule, 30
2218 Sixth Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA
Killed July 25, 1998
Would have celebrated 49th birthday Dec. 9
Lisa Peak
Marie “Lisa” Peak, 19
One quarter mile north of Waverly, IA
Killed Sept. 7, 1976
Would have celebrated 60th birthday Dec. 10

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