Attorney General Bird Launches Cold Case Unit to Seek Justice for Victims and Families

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June 18, 2024 — News Release from Attorney General Brenna Bird

DES MOINES—Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird today announced the launch of her office’s new cold case unit to investigate Iowa’s more than 400 unsolved murders. The announcement was made in a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Des Moines. Speakers at the press conference also included:

  • Steve Ponsetto, Investigator and lead of the Iowa cold case unit in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office
  • Sheriff Kevin Schneider, Polk County Sheriff
  • Jody Ewing, founder of IowaColdCases.org
  • Josh Okland, brother of cold case victim Ashley Okland

“I became a prosecutor to fight for victims and families,” said Attorney General Bird. “That is why on day one in office, I made it a priority to build our office’s first cold case unit. I am glad to announce that we have today launched our new unit that will bring fresh eyes to Iowa’s cold cases and dedicate a team to detecting new leads. And I thank the legislature for granting us the budget to make it happen. My promise to families of Iowa cold case victims is this: we will never give up, we will never stop searching, and we will never lose hope. If even one case is solved, it is all worth it. No one should get away with murder.”

The cold case unit will consist of three full-time investigators and one prosecutor. The unit will partner with local law enforcement agencies across Iowa to crack cold cases, seek answers for families, and ensure no murderer walks free.

To submit a cold case tip, contact the Iowa Attorney General’s office at 1-800-242-5100 or coldcase@ag.iowa.gov.


We Remember … Upcoming Anniversaries

We remember cold case anniversaries and birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

 

Charles Plucar Charles Plucar
74 YOA
Luzerne, IA
Benton County
Case # 77-00373
June 22, 1977
Victor Robinson Victor Robinson Jr.
41 YOA
3720 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa
June 22, 2016
John Parham Jr. John M. Parham, Jr.
58 YOA
413 Ricker St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
June 24, 2010
Terry Page crime scene Terry Lee Page
36 YOA
1205 Franklin Street
Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
June 25, 2013
Ross McConnell Ross R. McConnell
47 YOA
1604 Tichenor St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1971-29236
June 26, 1971

Dominique Mosby
22 YOA
Cedarwood Hills Apts.
2030 Glass Rd NE #105
Cedar Rapids, IA
June 26, 2009
Thecla Gerken Thecla Gerken
23 YOA
Ninth & Jones Streets
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
June 27, 1917
Jodi Huisentruit Jodi Huisentruit
27 YOA
Missing From:
Mason City, IA
Case # 95-08176
June 27, 1995
Lucia Perez Lucia Chilel Perez
Age at Report: 41
Missing From NW IA
Sioux County
Dickinson County
June 27, 2011
George Dean headstone George Earl Dean
55 YOA
Mapleton, IA
Monona County
Case # 66-00722
June 29, 1966
1729-grand-ave-des-moines-lois-bradley-165px Lois Bradley
74 YOA
1729 Grand #204
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1991-27537
June 29, 1991
Hitesville Cemetery Edward R. Uhlenhopp
85 YOA
Butler St. & 4th Ave.
Ackley, IA
Hardin County
June 29, 2001
 

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