Barbara K. Brim

Barbara K. Brim

Barbara Kay Brim


Barbara Kay “Barb” Brim
53 YOA
Rural farm home
Webster City, IA
Hamilton County (jurisdiction)
April 25, 2001

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

On Wednesday afternoon, April 25, 2001, Barbara Kay Brim, 53, was shot in her rural Hamilton County, Iowa home.

Brim’s husband, Larry Brim, told officials he found his wife at the bottom of the basement stairs in their home near Webster City after spending the afternoon moving farm equipment. He said his wife was fine when the two had shared lunch just hours earlier.

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When he came back to the house, Larry Brim said he found his wife at the bottom of the inside stairs, and believed she’d just fallen down the steps. He called for help, and though Brim was still alive when medics arrived, she was unable to provide any useful information about the killer or killers.

After being transported to a Webster City hospital, medical personnel notified law enforcement that Brim had been shot in the head and neck. Brim was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where she died the following day.

Deputy State Medical Examiner Dennis Klein performed an autopsy Saturday, which confirmed Brim died from a gunshot wound.

Hamilton County Sheriff Scott Anderson said Larry Brim had been ruled out and was not a suspect in his wife’s murder.

The remote location of the Brims’ rural home — approximately 15 miles northeast of Webster City — made it a prime target for burglars, a fact reinforced when Larry Brim told the sheriff’s office he’d found some items missing from the couple’s home, including his wallet. Three of the Brims’ five boys still lived at home but were in school when the murder took place.

Brim was a former high school Physical Education teacher, and former student Cindi Hoveland described her as “a sweet person,” and a “great mother to her boys.” The Brims’ two oldest boys had already graduated high school; the eldest, Mark, lived in Indiana, and Peter and his wife lived in Ankeny.

County officials offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the homicide, hoping it would lead to clues in solving Brim’s murder, but the funds went unclaimed.

Barbara Brim’s murder remains unsolved.

About Barbara Brim (courtesy The Daily Freeman Journal)

Barbara Kay (Pantekoek) Brim was born February 14, 1948, in Pipestone, Minnesota, to Donna Moore and Edward Pantekoek. She graduated from Pipestone High School in 1966 and attended South Dakota State University.

She taught physical education classes at Webster City High School from 1970 to 1976, and from 1976 through 1982 served as Director of Physical Development and Recreation at Handicap Village, a private, nonprofit facility for adults with disabilities.

She married Robert Larry Brim in Pipestone, Minn., on January 2, 1982, and the couple had five sons: Kevin, Mark, Peter, Andrew, and Nicholas. Betty and Larry farmed northeast of Webster City.

Barbara was a member of the Congregational-United Church of Christ, Haystack Circle, and Hamilton County Hospice/Respite. She also volunteered with Compeer and Pleasant View School and was active in many church organizations.

Memorial services were held April 30 at the Congregational-United Church of Christ in Webster City with Pastor Jim Buffington officiating.

In addition to her husband and sons, Barbara was survived by her mother; her brothers Dick and Allen Pantekoek and numerous other relatives.

Information Needed

Anyone with information regarding Barbara Brim’s unsolved murder is asked to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 515-832-9500 or e-mail

  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Personal correspondence sent to Iowa Cold Cases from Cindi Hoveland, April 5, 2011
  • “Police check links between deaths in Iowa, other states,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 16, 2001
  • “Reward offered in Hamilton County murder case,” Radio Iowa, May 30, 2001
  • “Mystery of Hamilton County shooting death raises anxiety,” The Carroll Daily Times-Herald, May 29, 2001
  • “Autopsy: Woman died of gunshot wound,” The Carroll Daily Times-Herald, April 30, 2001
  • Barbara Kay (Pantekoek) Brim (1948 – 2001) — Find a Grave Memorial
  • “Obituaries: Barbara Brim,” The Daily Freeman Journal, April 2001
  • “Webster City death caused by gunshot,” The Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 30, 2001


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10 Responses to Barbara Brim

  1. This is very sad and heart breaking. Someone please come forward.

  2. You know whoever did this really thinks they are getting by with this crime but reality is, some day you are going to meet your maker and you will pay for for this, Rot in Hell!!! Barb was a beautiful lady.

  3. Betty Flickinger says:

    It’s a cold case, now. but why can’t someone come up why she died. Or the person who took her way from us.. Barb was a wonderful person… She is missed, buy so many….

  4. Kim Russell says:

    I remember this so well. I use to live by them

  5. Susan Fields says:

    I remember this. So sad

  6. I don’t remember this,, why was the husband ruled out.

  7. Please someone come forward. I know her husband and he did not do it. Someone has to have seen something they did not look at way back then

  8. Jacob Brim any relation?

  9. C. McCoy says:

    I can’t believe this is unsolved! Should be investigated again using the technology available and resources other than local authorities. I do not believe this was a random act.

  10. N/a says:

    They need to look into this death one more last time and really find out who killed her

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