Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Welcome to the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website. We are proud to be the U.S.’s first statewide database to document all known unsolved murders in Iowa, along with persons who’ve gone missing under suspicious circumstances.

The site includes victim case summaries that may be searched or cross-referenced by the victim’s name, the city, county and year the crime occurred, and by decade. It also includes a list of cases solved since ICC launched in December 2005, and unsolved cases where rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction.

ICC incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit organization in April 2010, and though we are not affiliated with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, we do work as a liaison with these agencies in efforts to provide updated data on these cold cases.

Iowa is divided into 99 counties and has 947 cities. Every incorporated place in Iowa is called a “city,” regardless of population, though some of the smaller cities do not have individual police departments and cases are worked by the county sheriff’s office or are grouped with other nearby police departments and/or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), aka “the State.”

What We Do, What They Do, and How You Can Help

ICC data is culled through communications with hundreds of jurisdictions, personal interviews, investigative journalism and media reports, and our goal here is to present known facts about each crime without compromising any ongoing criminal investigation. Formal investigations, including the questioning of suspects and any subsequent arrests or filing of criminal charges, are conducted solely by law enforcement agencies assigned to the case and may include a combination of local, state, and/or federal authorities.

It is important to note these officers/agents must handle daily and current caseloads, and because Iowa has no official Cold Case Unit, each officer/agent is assigned a handful of cold cases to work as time permits. And, though ICC receives no local/state/federal funding and cannot employ peace officers or agents, we remain deeply committed to telling these victims’ stories because seeing justice served is still possible with so many. It goes without saying, however, that it is virtually impossible for ICC to actively investigate several hundred unsolved cases simultaneously without the manpower to do so.

Somebody always knows something. Please step up and do the right thing. If you believe you have information that might help solve one of Iowa’s cold cases, we strongly encourage you to contact the appropriate investigating agency/agencies listed at the end of each victim’s case summary.

Thank you for taking time from your day 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.
 

Melvin Price gravestone
Melvin Price
26 YOA
Iowa Highway 42
Riverton, IA
Fremont County
November 17, 1974
Bobbi Crawford
Roberta “Bobbi” Crawford
53 YOA
Hampton, IA
Franklin County
November 17, 1999
Elaine Konecne gravestone
Doris Elaine Konecne, 38
Creston / Union County
Killed Oct. 27, 1973
Would have celebrated 83rd birthday Nov. 18
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George J. Massouris
30 YOA
Orchard Road
Councils Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
November 18, 1950
Kenneth Harker
Kenneth Harker, 34
Missing From:
Sioux City, IA
Missing since 10/9/96
Would have celebrated 56th birthday Nov. 18
Larry Wells
Double Homicide
Larry Wells
, 27
Coralville, IA
Killed Aug. 26, 1975
Would have celebrated 68th birthday Nov. 19
Brian Blachut
Brian R. Blachut
30 YOA
Missing From:
Scarville, IA
Winnebago County
November 21, 1993
Martha Erickson
Martha Erickson
47 YOA
Avon/Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 95-13479
November 21, 1995
John Robert Hill
John Robert Hill
51 YOA
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
Case # 76-00925
November 22, 1976
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Arthur Ransford
36 YOA
Lee County
Case # 84-02367
Body found 5/13/1984
DOD: Nov. 22, 1983
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Double Homicide
John R. Green, 3 yrs
Mark E. Green, 18 mos
1512 Belle Avenue
Davenport, IA
November 24, 1984
Missing Person
Leonard Blair
Age at Report: 20
Missing From:
Davenport, IA
Case # 2012-95138
November 24, 2012
 

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