Welcome to Iowa Cold Cases

Welcome to the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website, the U.S.’s first public database to document all known unsolved murders and suspicious missing persons cases on a statewide basis.

The project that led to Iowa Cold CasesCourtesy Weekender
A Weekender series on Sioux City’s unsolved murders and missing persons cases served as the genesis for the Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) website. The first in the series ran in May 2004, and the ICC website launched in December 2005.

This project would not have been possible without the help of Capt. Lisa Claeys of the Sioux City Police Department and then-Weekender editor Thomas Ritchie, whose tremendous passion and commitment to telling these victims’ stories laid the groundwork to giving voice to those silenced.

The site includes victim case summaries cross-referenced by name, the victim’s city or county, the year the crime occurred or by decade. It also includes a list of cases solved since ICC launched in December 2005. Our Rewards page profiles cases where either law enforcement/Crime Stoppers and/or other agencies or individuals have offered cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

In April 2010, ICC incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit organization, and though we are not affiliated with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, we do work as a liaison with all three agencies.

If you believe you have information that might help solve a case, we strongly urge you to contact the appropriate agency or investigator, which you’ll find listed on every victim’s case summary page.

Thank you for taking time from your day to visit our site.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Sarah M. Nitcher
2 years old
Rt. 1
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
March 15, 1972
Aaron Pate age-progressed
Aaron M. Pate, 17
Missing From:
Keota, IA
Keokuk County
Case # 02-099622
March 16, 1992
Dennis Addlesberger
Dennis Addlesberger
Age at Report: 46
Missing From:
Council Bluffs, IA
Missing Since:
March 16, 1999
James C. Nicoll
52 YOA
10th Avenue ditch
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
March 17, 1885
Elgin Strait
Elgin Hobert Strait
80 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 77-00254
March 18, 1977
Nathaniel Carnagey gravestone
Nathaniel Carnagey
36 YOA
Marion, IA
Linn County
March 20, 1847
Effie Bell
Effie Corelis Bell
46 YOA
Madrid, IA
Found in Dallas County
Case # 66-00666
March 20, 1966
Mattie Zabel
Mattie Lou Zabel
Age at Report: 45
Missing From:
Cedar Falls, IA
Case # 78-459
March 21, 1978
Henry Hults headstone
Henry Hults
62 YOA
Oxford Junction
Jones County, IA
Case # 63-00430
March 22, 1963
Geraldine Maggert
Geraldine Maggert
25 YOA
From Cedar Rapids
Found near Coralville Reservoir
March 22, 1968
John Shuey
26 YOA
1427 23rd Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1986-12024
March 24, 1986
Fallen Officer
Joseph Kaschmitter
53 YOA
Near Alton Depot
Alton, IA
Sioux County
March 25, 1911

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