Don’t Let Iowa’s Cold Case Unit Fade From Existence

On October 18, 2011, in Letters, by Eileen Meier

(This piece was published in the Des Moines Register on October 18, 2011.) The funding for the Iowa Cold Case Unit, established with a $500,000 National Institute of Justice grant and $194,000 federal Community Oriented Policing Service grant, is due to expire in November, and with it my hopes that the unit would be given […]

Missed Moments

On October 18, 2011, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

All were young. They should have been just getting settled into careers, raising children, discovering challenges and rewards that accompany adulthood. Instead, they all went missing under mysterious circumstances, leaving in the wake families still left wondering what happened to their loved ones. Richard Neil Forsyth was only 27 when he disappeared October 18, 1979. […]

Eight Birthdays Gone: Ruth Kingery-Pohlmeier

On August 1, 2011, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Ruth “Ruthie” Kingery-Pohlmeier has already missed eight birthdays: the first one on August 1, 2004, and the eighth one today, August 1, 2011 — the day she would have turned 45 years old. The last birthday she’d celebrated was her 37th, and there would be no more. On Sunday evening, April 25, 2004, her body was […]

Ronette Peterson: Alone, Unknown, Unsolved

On May 7, 2011, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

She’d been just 17 when she lost her mother in 1981. The following year, her 52-year-old father died at the Madrid Home for the Aging. Perhaps the young Ronette (Peterson) Burton wanted to leave the past behind. Some time in the mid-eighties, Peterson, 22, left her Madrid, Iowa, home for unknown locations in Georgia and […]

A Hit-and-Run Homicide

On May 6, 2011, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Eileen Meier

My sister Valerie Peterson was killed 40 years ago today. It is still my hope that a task force pulled from Iowa law enforcement, legislators and community groups will be formed in Iowa, as it has been done in other states, to examine and put forth best practices in Iowa for the prioritization of cold cases, evidence extraction and bulk evidence […]

Guest Blogger Alicia Gaddy Remembers Her Brother

On April 13, 2011, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today we have a special blog post by guest Alicia Gaddy, sister to cold case victim Cecil Travis Gaddy. Cecil, paralyzed from the waist down, was killed at age 19 when someone set fire to his Osceola, Iowa home in January 2004. Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your memories with us. _____________________________________________________ Remembering My Brother […]

Shopping for Just the Right Look

On March 17, 2011, in Thinking Out Loud, by Jody Ewing

We at Iowa Cold Cases might like to spend a lot of time digging around in the past, but every so often we’re reminded we can’t get there without first taking a ride on that information superhighway called the Internet. For example, we were plenty happy just to get the last of our old html […]

Johnny Gosch Featured Tonight on “Nancy Grace: Missing In America”

On March 2, 2011, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Nancy Grace’s CNN series “Missing in America” will feature tonight missing Des Moines paperboy Johnny Gosch, who disappeared September 5, 1982 after leaving his Des Moines home to deliver newspapers. Grace’s episode will air at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on the HLN Network. See:

Nancy Grace to Feature Jodi Huisentruit on “Missing in America”

On February 23, 2011, in Media, Missing Persons, News, by Jody Ewing

HLN’s “Nancy Grace: Missing in America” will feature the disappearance of Mason City anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit on tonight’s program. The episode will air at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time. In an e-mail sent to Iowa Cold Cases, Nancy Grace’s staff recommended the following link to share with ICC readers: Read the Jodi Huisentruit Case Summary […]

6-day-old’s “Slam Dunk” Murder Case Remains Open

On February 19, 2011, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Cedar Rapids Gazette 6-day-old Shane Lass’s death came just shy of four years after that of his 10-day-old sister, Tamara Lynn Lass. Nineteen years ago today, new mother Teri Lass, 29, claimed her 6-day-old son, Shane Alex Lass, was kidnapped from her unlocked car outside the Norwalk, Iowa, post office while she went […]