Welcome to the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website.

The site includes victim case summaries for unsolved homicides and missing persons cases where foul play is suspected.

Weekender cover May 20, 2004Courtesy 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.

The cases here are cross-referenced by the individual’s name, the city or county where he/she was found deceased or last seen alive, and a chronological listing of crimes by year and decade. ICC also lists a number of cold cases that have been solved in recent years.

Our goal is to create public awareness about unsolved homicides and missing persons, to keep the victims’ cases and stories alive so they are not forgotten, and share with readers any recent news media articles with current updates on cases and recent interviews with the victims’ family members and friends.

Launched in 2005, ICC incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit organization in April 2010. Though we are not affiliated with any law enforcement agency, we often serve as a liaison between them and those who provide ICC with tips, leads, or other pertinent information on specific cases.

All official investigations are conducted solely by law enforcement agencies that may include a combination of local, state, and/or federal authorities.

Somebody knows something in every cold case. If you believe you have information that might help solve a case, we strongly encourage you to contact the investigating agency/agencies listed on each victim’s case summary page.

Thank you for taking time to visit our site.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

National Missing Children's Day 2019National Missing Children’s Day
U.S. Department of Justice
May 25
Debra Ann Barajas-GutierrezDebra Barajas-Gutierrez
44 YOA
54300 blk of 195th St.
Pacific Junction, IA
Mills County
May 25, 2006
Steven BabkaSteven M. Babka, 58
Missing From:
Marengo, IA
Iowa County
Case # 12-48283
May 25, 2012
Dennis WashburnDennis Washburn
69 YOA
Edwards St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
May 25, 2014
Jane Doe
19-25 YOA
River Area SE
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1980-20704
May 26, 1980
Patricia JauronPatricia Jauron
45 YOA
1516 Old Hwy 141
Sioux City, IA
Case # 98-06160
May 26, 1998
Peggy CottrellPeggy 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
Craig PetersenCraig A. Petersen, 20
Died 9-28-86 in Scott County, body found in Mississippi River
Would have celebrated 53rd birthday May 26
Tom Mather, 32
Cedar County
Case # 91-07431
Killed Sept. 30, 1991
Would have celebrated 60th birthday May 27
Bryan Pence Bryan Pence
21 YOA
3725 Hubbell
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1986-22875
May 29, 1986
john-jeffery-165pxJohn W. Jeffery
31 YOA
1018 E. 12th
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
May 29, 1990

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