Public Announcement

Message from ICC Admin Jody Ewing


Click to download the poster

LAYNE SCHNEIDER’S MURDER is a solvable case. There is ample evidence, documentation, and witnesses to support the fact that 22-year-old Layne Schneider was beaten and killed Jan. 22, 2013, at his rural Elgin home in Fayette County, and his body then driven down the road and staged as a vehicle accident before he and the vehicle were set afire.

Due to interpersonal and conflict-of-interest relationships in this case, the county attorney has never filed criminal charges against the offender. Layne’s family filed a civil suit with hopes of holding the killer publicly accountable, but already have used up all financial resources in efforts to get this case before a jury.

Please take time to read Layne’s case summary (download the auction poster here), and I strongly encourage everyone to attend this benefit auction — scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Clermont, Iowa — or, if at all possible, support the family’s efforts by making a financial donation to the benefit auction or donate item(s) to be auctioned off at the June 4 fundraiser.

There is DNA evidence in this case that travels all the way from the bloody home and down the road to the tree where Layne’s body was set afire after the staged accident.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

Norman Gant
Norman C. Gant Jr.
21 YOA
1800 block Tremont St.
Cedar Falls, IA
Black Hawk County
June 1, 2014
Erin Kay Pospisil
Age at Report: 15
Missing From:
Cedar Rapids, IA
Case # 200111725
June 3, 2001
Clarence Cecil
Clarence Cecil
Age at Report: 81
Missing From:
Davis County, IA
Missing Since:
June 5, 2004
Steven F. Barrette
20 YOA
Mississippi River
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
June 5-6, 1976
Timothy Friedel
25 YOA
Wooded Area NW
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
June 6, 1974
Amber Hayes
Amber Marie Hayes
7-1/2 months old
603 Clay St.
Muscatine, IA
Case # 88-02703
June 9, 1988
Villisca House
Villisca Axe Murders
6 children, 2 adults
508 E. 2nd St.
Villisca, IA
Montgomery County
June 10, 1912
Grace Esquivel
Grace Esquivel
Age at Report: 25
Missing From:
Mason City, IA
Case # 09000520
June 10, 1983
Brianne Smith
Brianne Smith
25 YOA
Roadside ditch
Glenwood, IA
Mills County
June 10, 2006
Fallen Officer
Jacob Neibert
55 YOA
Killed on duty
Muscatine, IA
Muscatine County
June 13, 1896
Valerie Klossowsky
Valerie Klossowsky
14 YOA
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
Case # 71-00549
June 13, 1971
Maria Ybanez
16 YOA
Davenport, IA
New Liberty, IA
Scott County
June 13, 1973

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