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Charles Leroy “Pat” Hines — a 45-year-old decorated Korean Conflict veteran — was found dead on the sidewalk outside the Delaware Tap at 11 S. Delaware Ave. in Mason City at 2:45 a.m. on August 2, 1975.
Investigators were checking out the report of a fight involving Hines when they found his body, and believe he died after an assault.
The Delaware Tap has since been converted into the Chop Restaurant with an “Eleven Lounge.”
Charles Leroy Hines was born March 27, 1930, in Winnebago, Iowa to William Hines and Genevieve Torkelson.
He married Eloise Steinfeldt.
A decorated Korean Conflict veteran, Hines fought in some of its most horrific battles.
In a comment to Iowa Cold Cases, his daughter, Kimberley Shanahan, said her father believed in education and his children, and that he struggled with the wounds of war.
He was buried in the Madison Township Cemetery in Forest City, Hancock County, Iowa.
Anyone with information regarding Charles Hines’ unsolved murder is asked to contact the Mason City Police Department at (641) 494-3562.
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