Black Friday for Families of Cold Case Victims

On November 23, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

To most people, Thanksgiving — as well as the big Black Friday shopping day that follows — is simply a welcome holiday and an opportunity to get great savings on big-ticket items or Christmas gifts. Offspring living in distant states or countries will often travel thousands of miles to celebrate the weekend-long occasion with parents […]

Missing Dad Earl: Five Years Gone

On August 28, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Five years ago today, my family received news no family ever expects to hear. We were fortunate, however, in that we received a gift few families get to experience when crime comes knocking on one’s door; we each got the opportunity to see and speak to our loved one — and him to us — […]

A Day for Death

On April 26, 2012, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

Four Iowans lost their lives at the hands of others on this day in history. Methods of murder were particularly gruesome: an axe to the head while sleeping, a stab wound to the chest, a sledgehammer to the head, and even what appeared at first to be a simple case of falling down a staircase, […]

Jay and Jaymie: Nine Years, No Justice

On April 5, 2012, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Shannon Salmons Jay Grahlman with daughter Jaymie I always know this day is coming long before it arrives. With a list of unsolved cases now at 615, one would think it would be difficult to keep them all straight. With some — where few details are available — the answer would be yes. […]

From the Heart

On February 14, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s anniversary tribute is written by Jessica Raleigh, whose mother, Delores “Toni” Hornung was shot to death in their Keokuk, Iowa home on Valentine’s Day 1999. Jessica posted the following comment on her mother’s case summary page: “I am Toni’s daughter and it has been very hard living without my mother, and the fact that we […]

Somebody Knows Something

On January 8, 2012, in Events, Letters, by Jody Ewing

Somebody knows something. They always do. Yet, people still fear coming forward with what they know, even when they realize it could very well help solve an unsolved murder. Did you ever wonder why they remain silent? We asked our readers last May, and the answers might surprise you. Our poll results, based on the […]

Merry Christmas to our Facebook friends

On December 24, 2011, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

During this holiday season, Iowa Cold Cases would like to thank the many friends and family members of all our lost loved ones for taking the time to write to us, to comment on a case or send along photos that helped us make a loved one’s story more complete. Your correspondence not only helped […]


On November 6, 2011, in Miscellany, by Jody Ewing

Mea culpa. I couldn’t have picked a worse time to shut off the computer, clean the kitchen, go upstairs and talk with my son, and then go down two floors to start running a 50-foot DSL cable up the basement steps, through the kitchen and under a rug, through the dining room behind the sideboard […]

A Special Guest Blog: When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

On October 30, 2011, in Anniversaries, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog is written by Shannon Salmons, mother to 6-year-old cold case victim Jaymie Grahlman. Today, Jaymie — called ‘sis’ by her brothers and her mother — would have celebrated her 15th birthday. Below is a letter Shannon wrote to her daughter, followed by a poem chosen as a memorial. If You Were Still […]

Our Dearest Corey – A Very Special Tribute

On October 24, 2011, in Anniversaries, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today, on the 8th anniversary of the day 30-year-old Corey Poffenberger left many lives, we have two very special tributes written by his family. The first tribute is written by Corey’s mother, Cindy Poffenberger, and the second by Corey’s sister, Kelli Sims. They have shared with us not only their heartfelt and moving memorials, but […]