More Growing Pains

On November 6, 2015, in Miscellany, by Jody Ewing

I’ve got to hand it to BlueHost.com for batting a thousand when it comes to tech support. Several years ago I’d switched from a previous website hosting service to BlueHost, and over the years, as iowacoldcases.org traffic increased, they always steered me in the right direction as to what plan best suited our size and […]

Tell My Mom I’ll Be Right Back

On September 27, 2015, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog post is written by Julie Loose, sister of Iowa cold case victim Kim Loose, with additional comments from some of Kim’s other siblings. Kim, one of 10 siblings with nine still living at home in Blue Grass, Iowa, was just 16 when she died Sept. 26, 1986 from multiple injuries after leaving a friend’s […]

A Partnership in Crime

On July 31, 2015, in Events, Media, News, by Jody Ewing

In Casablanca, Rick says to Louie, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” This week, I’m grateful to see the beginnings of a beautiful partnership that first took root in April and produced its first blooms Sunday. The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) have partnered for a new weekly project […]

“I Can Remember…” A Guest Blog by Jennifer McCuddin

On October 1, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Intro by Iowa Cold Cases Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin Lisa McCuddin with her son Davontrez and daughter Markasia in early 2004. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 will mark a sorrowful milestone anniversary for one North Central Iowa family. It will represent 10 years since Lisa McCuddin — just four days shy of her 24th birthday — was shot […]

Weekend Anniversaries: Greg, Terri, “Kip,” Lyman, and George

On September 29, 2014, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

This weekend came to a close, as have many years past, with five Iowa families wondering what happened to loved ones. In cases that spanned more than five decades, family members still ask when answers will come and justice will be served for a Sioux City teen, a man who fought in World War II […]

From the Mighty Mo to the Mississippi: Aug. 3-7 Marks 12 Unsolved Cases

On August 8, 2014, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Murder Trials, by Jody Ewing

The years spanned more than a century — from 1886 to 2013 — but five days this month marked a dozen departures from many loved one’s lives. On August 3, 1886, prohibitionist preacher George C. Haddock was shot dead in Sioux City, Iowa, after leaving his buggy at a local stable. Just four years earlier, Iowa voters had […]

Willis Hughes Memorial Fund Established

On May 2, 2014, in News, Solved, The Families, by Jody Ewing

We at Iowa Cold Cases would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Willis J. Hughes. Mr. Hughes, 45, was last seen in Davenport on December 21, 2013. His body was recovered from the Mississippi River on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. On Wednesday, April 30, Muscatine County Chief Deputy C.J. Ryan confirmed a […]

Guest Blog Book Review on Cold Case Research

On April 25, 2014, in Guest Blogs, Media, Resources, by Jody Ewing

Jack Weakley, a cold case analyst with the Tulsa Police Department’s Cold Case Squad, passed along a cold case book review he thought might be of interest to our readers. “The book contains a detailed description of tools that might be of help to cold case investigators who are not familiar with them,” he said. […]

Cedar Rapids Police Seeking Tipster in Michelle Martinko Case

On April 10, 2014, in Media, News, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

According to a Cedar Rapids Police Department Media Release dated April 10, 2014, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting additional assistance from a Linn County Crime Stoppers tipster who provided investigators with information about the December 1979 Michelle Martinko homicide. On December 16, 2013, the police department received information from an individual that led investigators to a […]

Jessica Altman Remembers Her Mother

On January 24, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog post comes from Jessica Altman, the daughter of Iowa Cold Case victim Angela Altman. Angela was found dead on the kitchen floor of her Fort Dodge home by her sister on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, 1981. Many thanks to Jessica for sharing her thoughts with us and our readers. 33 Years By […]