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Alfred W. Allen, 73, who hadn’t been seen for several days, was found slain in his Davenport, Iowa apartment near downtown on Friday, Feb. 12, 1988.
Davenport police said Allen’s body was discovered by his landlord, who’d gone to check on the elderly man after not seeing him for several days.
Medical Examiner R.M. Perkins said Allen died sometime on Monday, Feb. 8, 1988, from a severe blow to the head.
In a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated Feb. 15, 1988, Perkins said Allen’s apartment did not appear to have been disturbed, and police said a motive had not been established.
Allen lived alone, and family members speculated robbery may have been a motive since Allen frequently cashed his Social Security checks and then carried all the cash with him.
Alfred W. Allen was born September 24, 1914, to Alfred L. and Elizabeth Allen.
He married Martha Flatman in April 1940, and the couple had three daughters: Betty, Kathy, and Jayne.
Martha Allen died in Davenport on Feb. 28, 2006, at age 85.
If you have any information about Alfred Allen’s unsolved murder, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.
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