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

Kenneth Bouzard
Kenneth M. Bouzard
53 YOA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 71-00481
April 23, 1971
Barbara Brim
Barbara K. Brim
53 YOA
Rural Route
Webster City
Hamilton County
April 25, 2001
Ruth Kingery Pohlmeier
Ruthie Pohlmeier
37 YOA
3839 E. 14th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 04-14785
April 25, 2004
David Redowl
David Redowl
27 YOA
610 West 3rd St.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
April 26, 1997
Michael Booth
Michael J. Booth
45 YOA
510 15th #21
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1997-17132
April 26, 1997
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Kristine Mitchell
27 YOA
100 Forest
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1986-17433
April 27, 1986
Chuck Deatsch
Chuck Deatsch, Jr.
52 YOA
17841 500th St.
Mystic, IA
Appanoose County
April 28, 2008
Reginald Bryan Jr.
Reginald R. Bryan, Jr.
23 YOA
4745 NW 2nd Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
April 28, 2013
Edward Leeney
Patrolman Edward Leeney
32 YOA
Iowa City PD
Johnson County
April 29, 1926
Dillon Luna gravestone
Dillon Luna
15 days old
1429 N. Federal Ave.
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
April 30, 1992
John Erickson gravestone
John L. Erickson
48 YOA
Ditch off I-29
Mondamin, IA
Harrison County
April 30, 1997
Lillian Randolph
Lillian E. Randolph
56 YOA
Guthrie Center, IA
Guthrie County
Case # 1965-7249
May 2, 1965
 

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