Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases.

This website – launched in December 2004 and incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit in April 2010 – includes Iowa’s unsolved homicides and persons who went missing under suspicious circumstances.

Our goal is to create public awareness about these cold cases and encourage those with information or knowledge about any of these crimes to contact the respective law enforcement agency or area Crime Stoppers.

Website updates are ongoing, and the site cross-references cases by:

  • The victim’s name
  • The city where the crime occurred
  • The corresponding county
  • The decade
  • Cases where rewards are offered for information
  • Recent arrests and trials making their way through the criminal justice system, and
  • The growing list of arrests and closed cases.

ICC commends local law enforcement agencies who utilize the assistance from other jurisdictions and divisions within the Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS), most notably the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The IDPS has resources not available at the local level, and teamwork boosts prospects of solving crimes.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Upcoming cold case anniversaries and birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

Lisa Peak Marie “Lisa” Peak, 19
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
Killed 9-7-1976
Would have celebrated 63rd birthday Dec. 10
1993-12-12-crg-jacob-biretz-165px Jacob “Jake” Biretz
87 YOA
311 Lafayette St., Apt. B
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 10, 1993
pine-hill-cemetery-165px John Rude
51 YOA
2500 Blk of Madison
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 11, 1974
John Johnson John Johnson
Age at Report: 71
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Missing Since:
December 11, 1996
Baby Feet
Baby John Doe Newborn Infant
Des Moines River
Polk County, IA
Case # 10-77-1397
December 12, 1953
Julie Benning Julie Benning, 18
Waverly, IA
Killed 11-28-1975
Body Found: 3-18-1976
Would have celebrated 63rd birthday Dec. 12
Chuck Deatsch Chuck Deatsch, Jr., 52
17841 500th St.
Mystic, IA
Killed 4-28-2008
Would have celebrated 64th birthday Dec. 13
hilda-fletcher-mcgg-165px Hilda Fletcher
53 YOA
Killed in home
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 15, 1958
Donald Nervig Donald Nervig
52 YOA
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1965-20581
December 15, 1965

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