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.

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David Shumpert, 27
400 blk. E. Locust
Des Moines, IA
Killed Dec. 2, 1999
Would have celebrated 44th birthday Sept. 25
Kimberly Ratliff
Kimberly Ratliff, 22
1414 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA
Killed Jan. 12, 1999
Would have celebrated 40th birthday Sept. 26
Kim Loose
Kimberly “Kim” Loose
16 YOA
Walcott, IA
Motor Home Park
Scott County
September 26, 1986
Terri McCauley
Terri McCauley
18 YOA
33rd & Pavonia St.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
September 27, 1983
Robert Bates
Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III
39 YOA
Carter Lake
Pottawattamie County
September 27, 2007
Lyman Elledge
Lyman S. Elledge
65 YOA
Barney Wiskus lawn
Colesburg, IA
Delaware County
September 28, 1951
George Keller
George R. Keller, 61
Rural Route 34
Woodburn, IA
Clarke County
Case # 81-05701
September 28, 1981
Craig Petersen
Craig A. Petersen
20 YOA
Mississippi River
Montpelier, IA
Muscatine County
September 28, 1986
Roger Joynt
Roger Joynt
26 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 78-06397
September 29, 1978
Robert Clary
Robert M. Clary
48 YOA
419 1/2 14th Avenue S.
Clinton, IA
Case # 82-05190
September 29, 1982
Bambi Lynn Dick
Bambi Lynn Dick
17 YOA
Davenport, IA
Went unidentified for more than 25 years
Est DOD: Sept. 29, 1983
Joyce Jefferson
Joyce Jefferson
23 YOA
Black Hawk Rd.
Waterloo, IA
Body Found: 10/8/83
DOD: Sept. 29, 1983
Earl Hamilton
“Big Earl” Hamilton
53 YOA
Big Earl’s Goldmine
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
September 29, 1996
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Margaret Treese
“The Tattooed Lady”

34 YOA
Credit Island
Davenport, IA
September 30, 1947
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Tom Mather
32 YOA
Springdale, IA
Cedar County
Case # 91-07431
September 30, 1991

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