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.

Mary K. SenneMary K. Senne
21 YOA
4119 E. University
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1973-51704
October 22, 1973
Debbie Laubenthal
Double Homicide
Debbie Laubenthal

18 YOA
Roadway B-19 ditch
Palo Alto County
October 23, 1976
Raymond Henkins
Double Homicide
Raymond Henkins

30 YOA
Roadway B-19 ditch
Palo Alto County
October 23, 1976
Corey Poffenberger
Corey Poffenberger
30 YOA
2211 East 37th St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 2003-42059
October 24, 2003
Stanley “Mike” Golinsky
56 YOA
100 blk Water St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 12-33587
October 24, 2012
Fallen Officer
Patrolman Pitt McClellan Doxsie
34 YOA
Independence, IA
Buchanan County
October 26, 1897
Laura Van Wyhe
21 YOA
Iowa City
Found along NE Missouri highway
October 26, 1996
Elaine Konecne gravestone
Doris Elaine Konecne
38 YOA
Creston, IA
Union County Sheriff &
Creston Police
October 27, 1973
News article
Lloyd J. Patrick, 85
Rural Route
Oskaloosa, IA
Mahaska County
Case # 82-05758
October 27, 1982
James W. Morris
58 YOA
203 E. Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Story County
October 27, 1991
Karla Hartkemeyer
35 YOA
Rural Route
Warren County
Case # 96-03059
October 27, 1995
Ewald Bandixen
Ewald E. Bandixen
70 YOA
Folletts, IA
Clinton County
Case # 74-00523
October 28, 1974
Marvin Brandland
Marvin Brandland
69 YOA
Fort Dodge, IA
Webster County
Case # 82-05814
October 30, 1982
Brian Dietrich
30 YOA
Indian Isle
Garnavillo, IA
Clayton County
October 30, 1993

Jaymie Grahlman
, 6
3755 H Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Killed April 5, 2003
Would have celebrated 20th birthday Oct. 30

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