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Clara Schiele, 90, was mugged and pushed down while climbing the front steps to her Davenport home at 1423 Main St. on Thursday, August 3, 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 was born January 8, 1888. She was buried at the Durant Cemetery in Durant, Iowa in Muscatine County.
If you have any information about Clara Schiele’s unsolved murder, please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, email email@example.com, or contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979.
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