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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert are featured in local artist Will Keeps’ video “Droppin’.” (WARNING: Video contains profanity.) Courtesy Charly Haley, Des Moines Register

From the Des Moines Register: As Des Moines police deal with an unusually high number of homicides so far this year, 11 homicide cases from the past two years remain unsolved.

Police have largely pinned this lack of answers on uncooperative witnesses — meaning people who police say know what happened but won’t provide that information to detectives — and ask anyone with information about ongoing homicide investigations to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

Read the full story and learn about the victims.


Changes are underway at the Iowa Cold Cases website and we’ll soon have a new look and format that includes links to updated case summary pages, cases recently added to the site, and other new interactive features to help inform and engage readers.

The site has already migrated to a new server (with the same company), that now includes both hosting and file maintenance. Pages are loading faster and the upcoming new framework will not only continue to increase speed, but provide a more friendly user experience across multiple platforms.

Thank you for your patience as we work toward releasing a more powerful, state-of-the-art website designed to quickly deliver our ever-expanding content.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

Larry Murillo
Larry Murillo, 25
Council Bluffs, IA
Last Seen Alive:
Nov. 28, 2009
Would have celebrated 33rd birthday Aug. 22
Tammy J. Zywicki
21 YOA
Grinnell, IA, college student
Poweshiek County
August 23, 1992

Brenda Ann Dailey
53 YOA
702 Monona St.
Mapleton, IA
Monona County
August 24, 2015
Barbara Elms
Barbara L. Elms
Age at Report: 50
Missing From:
Cedar Rapids, IA
Case # 93019256
August 25, 1993
Anna Wiese
Anna Wiese
20 YOA
Green Mountain, IA
Vienna Township
Marshall County
August 26, 1893
Pansy Turnbull
Pansy May Turnbull
17 YOA
Clearfield, IA
Ringgold and Taylor counties
August 26, 1926
Dorothy Coon
Dorothy Coon
38 YOA
Rural Chariton, IA
Lucas County
Case #60-07871
August 26, 1960
Double Homicide
Karen Christensen

27 YOA
Coralville, IA
Johnson County
August 26, 1975
Larry Wells
Double Homicide
Larry Wells

25 YOA
Coralville, IA
Johnson County
August 26, 1975
Tommy Lee McConkey
Tommy McConkey
38 YOA
2929 E. University
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-30748
August 27, 1975
Julie Davis
Julie Bell Davis
33 YOA
613 E. 2nd
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1997-37722
August 28, 1997
Earl Thelander
Earl Thelander, 80
Onawa, IA
Monona County
Case # 07-SO0855
DOD: 09/01/07
Crime Date: 8/28/07

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