Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Thank you for taking time to visit Iowa Cold Cases, the state’s first and foremost repository of Iowa’s unsolved murders and persons missing under mysterious circumstances.

Founded in 2005, our goal is to provide case summaries for each victim while encouraging those with information to contact appropriate law enforcement officials with any known details about the crime.

Villisca murder houseCourtesy The Villisca Review
This Villisca Review article, published June 13, 1912, told the story of what eventually became Iowa’s most notorious unsolved murder case.

Here you’ll find victims’ stories and summaries compiled by data from police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, Crime Stoppers, newspaper archives, victims’ family members and friends, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s former Cold Case Unit. 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.

Case summaries for decades-old cases would not exist if not for the countless journalists who doggedly pursued investigators for details, tracked down public records by shoe-leather reporting, and published their findings in newspapers long preceding today’s Internet search engines.

Though no statewide database summarizing all Iowa’s known unsolved murders existed online before ICC, we would be remiss in not thanking the hundreds of journalists and law enforcement officials whose dedication to profiling yesteryear’s victims made it possible to provide solid source information for the very cases we feature yet today.


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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Connie Ruddy
21 YOA
Ida Grove, Iowa
Ida County
February 10, 1997
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Taveros Galloway
29 YOA
500 blk Courtland
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
February 10, 2009
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Robert Lee Kellar
Age at Report: 20
Missing From:
Muscatine, IA
Case # 92-017014
February 12, 1990
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Susan Hagen
44 YOA
600 Blk. Birdland Dr.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1998-6532
February 12, 1998
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Eric S. Redinbo
18 YOA
West Side
Keokuk, IA
Lee County
February 12, 1999
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Melvin R. Adams
55 YOA
Cemetery Road
Near Cliffland Bridge
Wapello County
February 13, 1983
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Louis Dale Reed, Sr.
53 YOA
2800 Liberty Ave.
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
February 14, 1974
Maurice Kneifl
Maurice Kneifl
58 YOA
Missing From:
Sioux City, IA
Case # 83-5739
February 14, 1983
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Ky Van Luong
20 YOA
6th & Birdland
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1998-6829
February 14, 1998
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Dolores A. Hornung
48 YOA
Keokuk, IA
Lee County
Case # 99-01605
February 14, 1999
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Joan M. Haggar
52YOA
900 Blk Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
February 14, 2014
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Edward L. Hickson
32 YOA
1500 blk of S. 6th St.
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # B78-1173
February 15, 1978

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