Attorney General Bird Discusses Cold Case Unit Partnership with Law Enforcement

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Press Release from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office

DES MOINES—Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on Tuesday, July 2, discussed the office’s cold case unit’s partnership with local law enforcement to investigate Iowa’s more than 400 unsolved murders. The announcement was made in a press conference at the Cedar Rapids Police Department in Linn County. Speakers at the press conference also included:

  • Steve Ponsetto, Investigator and lead of the Iowa cold case unit in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office
  • Chief David Dostal, Cedar Rapids Police Department
  • Sheriff Brian Gardner, Linn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nick Maybanks, Linn County Attorney

“The Cedar Rapids Police Department’s cold case unit is a success story,” said Attorney General Bird. “But most other states also have a statewide cold case unit to back law enforcement in searching for answers. Now, Iowa does too. I look forward to partnering with our law enforcement heroes, like our friends here in Linn County, to help families and seek justice. If we solve even one cold case, and uncover answers for one family, it is all worth it.”

The cold case unit will consist of three full-time investigators and one prosecutor. The unit will partner with local law enforcement agencies in different regions across the state to crack cold cases, seek answers for families, and ensure no murderer walks free.

To submit a cold case tip, contact the Iowa Attorney General’s office at 1-800-242-5100 or


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Donald Murphy Donald Murphy, 39
Disappeared from
Knoxville 7-20-1984
Marion County
Found in Polk County
July 20, 1984
Rick Lynne Davis
Rick Davis, 36
Oskaloosa, IA
Mahaska County
One misplaced comma
seals records
July 20, 1986
Sandra Kinney Sandra Dee Kinney
33 YOA
Mississippi River
Davenport, IA
Scott County
July 20, 1996
Scott Althoff
23 YOA
300th Street
West of La Motte, IA
Jackson County
July 21, 2002
Missing Person Colleen K. Wright
Age at Report: 53
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Case # 2011-25522
July 21, 2011
Virgil Untied Virgil P. Untied, Town Marshal
33 YOA
Minburn, IA
Dallas County
July 27, 1931
Anthony Posley Anthony Posley
22 YOA
1600 Blk Sixth Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
July 23, 2006
Chuck Flint
Charles “Chuck” Flint
60 YOA
100 blk 11th St SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Linn County
July 23, 2017
Christy Connor Christy J. Connor
19 YOA
215 E Central Park Ave
Davenport, IA
Case # 2005-24862
July 24, 2005

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