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UPDATE: Cold case murder of Cedar Rapids man 30 years ago closed by police

Two men police believe killed 22-year-old Brian Schappert are now dead

Sept. 6, 2019 | By Kat Russell, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — After 30 years of investigation, police finally are closing the murder case of 22-year-old Coe College senior Brian Schappert, who was stabbed to death Sept. 8, 1989, while working the overnight shift alone at a gas station convenience store.

Brian Schappert

Brian Lee Schappert

But it’s not the conclusion everyone wanted.

Instead of pointing to one or more individuals as the definite killers, authorities were able to narrow the suspect pool to two men they are only confident committed the slaying, Cedar Rapids police Investigator Matt Denlinger said. And they are dead, he said, never to face criminal charges.

“We’ve done all we can do on this case,” he said. “We’ve really put our best effort into reaching a conclusion and helping the family get some answers, and this is as close as we are able to come.”

Both the suspected killers were living in Cedar Rapids at the time Brian was slain while working at a Kum & Go on Mount Vernon Road SE, Denlinger said.

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We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.
 

Evelyn Resh gravestone Evelyn Resh
87 YOA
400 E. Coolbaugh St.
Red Oak, IA
Montgomery County
September 16, 1997
Sandra Pittman Sandra Jo Pittman
17 YOA
Hwy 30 Rest Area
Clarence, IA
Cedar County
September 17, 1980
Dan Hieber Daniel Hieber
58 YOA
823 Main St.
Mapleton, Iowa
Monona County
September 20, 2015
Maureen Farley Maureen (Brubaker) Farley
17 YOA
Ely Road SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
September 21, 1971
Martavious Robinson gravestone Double Homicide
Martavious Robinson, 20

408 Thompson Ave.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
September 21, 2002
Calvin Rash clipping Double Homicide
Calvin M. Rash, 29

408 Thompson Ave.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
September 21, 2002
Charles Englehart gravestone Charles Englehart
70 YOA
700 blk of Main St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
September 22, 1935
Sandra Vanderhoef Sandra Vanderhoef
Age at Report: 42
Missing From:
Webster County, IA
Missing Since:
September 22, 1986
Dung Kim Truong Dung Kim Truong, 37
Washta Access
Washta, IA
Ida County
Case # 97-12883
September 22, 1997
 

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