Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Thank you for taking time to visit Iowa Cold Cases (ICC), the U.S.’s first and foremost statewide repository of unsolved murders and persons missing under mysterious circumstances.

Here you’ll find victims’ stories and summaries compiled by data from police departments, county sheriffs’ offices, Crime Stoppers, newspaper archives, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s former Cold Case Unit, and ICC interviews with victims’ family members, friends and co-workers. Cases are cross-referenced by name, year, decade, city, and county to make them more easily accessible to fellow writers and researchers or those who wish to learn more about a specific case.

Many thanks to all who took time to contact either law enforcement, your local newspaper, or ICC during our 2015-2016 partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and its participating members — both daily and weekly newspapers — who joined forces to bring readers the weekly GONE COLD: EXPLORING IOWA’S UNSOLVED MURDERS series about cases that still hold promise for closure.

A special thank you to INA’s Chris Mudge, executive director, and Jodi Hulbert, communications director, to Des Moines Register Editor and VP Amalie Nash, and every reporter and newspaper who made the commitment to this year-long, in-depth, worthwhile project.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

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 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
DOD: Sept. 1, 2007
Crime Date:
August 28, 2007
Gregg Nimmo
Gregg A. Nimmo, 44
Beaver Lake Campground
Dexter, IA
Dallas County
August 28, 2011
Charles Jaeger
Charles Jaeger, 37
914 Second Ave. SE
Dyersville, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 84-04212
August 29, 1984
Ila Mae Clark
Ila Mae Clark
73 YOA
116 Iowa Ave. W.
Marshalltown, IA
Marshall County
August 29, 2001
Barbara Lenz
Barbara L. Lenz, 31
Missing From:
Woodbine, IA
Missing Since: 5/6/89
Would have celebrated 59th birthday Aug. 30
UnIDd White Male
33-53 YOA
Correctionville, IA
Woodbury County
Est DOD: 1971-73
Found: August 30, 1988
Jimmy Bremmers
Jimmy Bremmers
2701 Cottage Ave.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
August 31, 1954
Kimberly Doss age-progressed to 47
Kimberly S. Doss
Age at Report: 16
Missing From: Davenport, IA
Case # 82-46115
September 1, 1982
Neal Townsend
Neal R. Townsend, 29
Lifelong Anamosa resident
Killed in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
September 2, 1975
Hazel Reimann
87 YOA
131 S.E. Watrous Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
September 2, 2008
William Talbert, Jr.
18 YOA
1400 21st
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1995-40323
September 3, 1995

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