Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Welcome to the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website, the U.S.’s first public database to document all known unsolved murders and suspicious missing persons cases on a statewide basis.

The project that led to Iowa Cold CasesCourtesy Weekender
A Weekender series on Sioux City’s unsolved murders and missing persons cases served as the genesis for the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website. The first in the series ran in May 2004, and the ICC website launched in December 2005.

This project would not have been possible without the help of Capt. Lisa Claeys of the Sioux City Police Department and then-Weekender editor Thomas Ritchie, whose tremendous passion and commitment to telling these victims’ stories laid the groundwork to giving voice to those silenced.

The site includes victim case summaries cross-referenced by name, the victim’s city or county, the year the crime occurred or by decade. It also includes a list of cases solved since ICC launched in December 2005. Our Rewards page profiles cases where either law enforcement/Crime Stoppers and/or other agencies or individuals have offered cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

In April 2010, ICC incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit organization, and though we are not affiliated with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, we do work as a liaison with all three agencies.

If you believe you have information that might help solve a case, we strongly urge you to contact the appropriate agency or investigator, which you’ll find listed on every victim’s case summary page.

Thank you for taking time from your day to visit our site.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Debra Ann Barajas-Gutierrez
Debra Barajas-Gutierrez
44 YOA
54300 blk of 195th St.
Pacific Junction, IA
Mills County
May 25, 2006
Steven Babka
Steven M. Babka, 58
Missing From:
Marengo, IA
Iowa County
Case # 12-48283
May 25, 2012
Dennis Washburn
Dennis Washburn
69 YOA
Edwards St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
May 25, 2014
Un-ID White Male
Missouri River
Fremont County, IA
Case # 66-00724
May 26, 1966

Jane Doe
19-25 YOA
Des Moines River Area SE
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1980-20704
May 26, 1980
Patricia Jauron
Patricia Jauron
45 YOA
1516 Old Hwy 141
Sioux City, IA
Case # 98-06160
May 26, 1998
Peggy Cottrell
Peggy Ann Cottrell
Age at Report: 66
Missing From:
Marshalltown, IA
Missing Since:
May 26, 2001
Scott PerezScott Allan Perez Sr.
44 YOA
400 Blk Crocker St. & 40th Place
Des Moines, Iowa
May 26, 2016
Bryan Pence
Bryan Pence
21 YOA
3725 Hubbell
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1986-22875
May 29, 1986
John W. Jeffery
31 YOA
1018 E. 12th
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
May 29, 1990
Robert Scott
Robert Scott
43 YOA
1000 Blk. E. 12th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1996-22677
May 30, 1996
‘Child of God’ Baby Doe
24 hours old
Harold Rowley Recycling Center
Buena Vista County
May 30, 2002

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