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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert are featured in local artist Will Keeps’ video “Droppin’.” (WARNING: Video contains profanity.) Courtesy Charly Haley, Des Moines Register

From the Des Moines Register: As Des Moines police deal with an unusually high number of homicides so far this year, 11 homicide cases from the past two years remain unsolved.

Police have largely pinned this lack of answers on uncooperative witnesses — meaning people who police say know what happened but won’t provide that information to detectives — and ask anyone with information about ongoing homicide investigations to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

Read the full story and learn about the victims.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

Joseph Payne
Joseph E. Payne
72 YOA
15th & Armory
Chariton, IA
Lucas County
October 17, 1945
Karen Streed
Karen Streed
21 YOA
Amana, IA
Iowa County
Case # 71-00703
October 18, 1971
Douglas Nielsen clips
Douglas A. Nielsen, 17
1409 Elmhurst Ave.
Humboldt, IA
Humboldt County
Case # 74-00512
October 18, 1974
Rodney Olsen
Rodney J. Olsen
Age at Report: 32
Missing From:
Mason City, IA
Case # 862302619
October 18, 1986
Melissa Hasley
Melissa Dawn Hasley
Age at Report: 31
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Case # 2002-43573
October 18, 2002
Des Moines
Johnie Clinton
68 YOA
1525 Walker Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-41681
October 19, 1978
Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge “Louie” Gutierrez
47 YOA
3400 Blk S. Concorde
Davenport, IA
Scott County
October 19, 2004
Brandy Ratliff
Brandy Ratliff, Jr.
31 YOA
1608 E. Capitol Ave
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
October 19, 2008
Marlon Barber
Marlon T. Barber, Jr.
15 YOA
2000 Blk Jackson St.
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
October 20, 2012
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

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