Charlie Sanders: Mourned and Remembered

On April 17, 2010, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing
Charles Edward Sanders

Charles Edward Sanders

April 15 marked 56 years since the body of 67-year-old Charles “Charlie” Edward Sanders was found in the river under the Court Avenue Bridge in downtown Des Moines. Sanders’ wallet was missing and he had been bludgeoned in the head.

Sanders’ son-in-law, William Edward Graves, identified his father-in-law’s decomposed body.

Sanders’ family members believe Charlie was killed by someone who knew him — someone who also knew Charlie had recently been paid for a job.

No one has ever been arrested or charged in Charlie Sanders’ unsolved homicide.

If you have any information concerning his death, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at (515) 283-4864.

2 Responses to Charlie Sanders: Mourned and Remembered

  1. Helen Baker says:

    This is my Grandfather any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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