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Fifty-seven-year-old Anna T. Miller — a secretary at the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company (PDM) — was discovered deceased in her Des Moines home on Monday, July 10, 1978, after failing to report to work.
Miller’s brother, Merle Miller, discovered his sister’s body in the living room of her home at 3531 54th Street after following up on a phone call from his sister’s co-worker.
Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. R.C. Wooters ruled cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head — the weapon likely an ax — which caused Ms. Miller to bleed out.
Wooters estimated the homicide occurred sometime on Saturday, July 8, 1978.
Miller, who lived alone, had put up a struggle during the attack, though Wooters said nothing indicated sexual assault.
No signs of robbery existed and police did not disclose any motive for the attack.
The Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company where Miller worked was also known for having fabricated the 160 fork-shaped columns for the base of the World Trade Center.
Anna Titje Miller was born October 28, 1920, in Butler County, Iowa, to John Henry and Olive Evelyn (Piper) Miller.
She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bristow, Iowa, in Butler County.
If you have any information about Anna Miller’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.