Scott County in Iowa
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Clara E. Schiele


Clara E. Schiele
90 YOA
1423 Main Street
Davenport, IA
Scott County
Case # 78-57093
August 3, 1978

Clara Elizabeth Schiele, 90, was mugged and pushed down while climbing the front steps to her Davenport home at 1423 Main Street on Thursday, August 3, 1978.

Courtesy The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Aug. 5, 1978

Courtesy The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Aug. 5, 1978

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated August 5, 1978, Schiele had lived at the residence since nearly the turn of the century, and was attacked by a black man wearing a nylon mask over his face.

When Schiele returned home from a shopping trip around 2 p.m., the assailant pushed her down and ran from the scene with Schiele’s purse, which contained only $20.

After being pushed, Schiele reportedly struck her head on the concrete steps, but refused medical attention until later in the afternoon. The Gazette reported on August 5, 1978:

She then was taken to a Davenport hospital where she died from a skull fracture and internal injuries about 10 hours after the mugging.

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Schiele’s murder was one of approximately 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.

Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit was exhausted in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.

The DCI remains committed to the resolution of Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.

Clara Schiele gravestoneCourtesy photo Beverly Witmer,
Clara Schiele is buried in the Durant Cemetery in Muscatine County.
About Clara Schiele

Clara Schiele was born January 8, 1888, in Farmington, Iowa, in Cedar County to German immigrants Charles Ludwig and Elizabeth Catherine (Bernick) Schiele.

Her father went on to run a successful cattle farm in Farmington Township in Cedar County.

The family moved into the Main Street home in Davenport at the turn of the century. Clara never married, and worked at the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II.

Charles L. Schiele's stock farmCourtesy photo University of Iowa Libraries
Clara Schiele’s father, a Civil War Union soldier from Germany who immigrated to the US in 1854, went on to run a successful livestock shipping business in Cedar County, Iowa.

Clara moved back to the family home in Davenport after the war ended, where she resided until her death just before midnight on August 3, 1978.

She was buried at the Durant Cemetery in Durant, Iowa, in Muscatine County, where many of her family members were also laid to rest.

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If you have any information about Clara Schiele’s unsolved murder, please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, email, or contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.

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3 Responses to Clara Schiele

  1. Melanie Wood says:

    She only had $20. Killed for $20. A 90 yr old woman. POS COWARD!

  2. Mike says:

    Sounds like she was murdered for her Social Security check.What kind of lowlife would do such a thing?

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