Crystal Arensdorf

Crystal Arensdorf (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Crystal Ann Arensdorf

Missing Person

Crystal Ann Arensdorf
Age at Report: 21
DOB: February 1, 1980
Weight: 115 lbs.
Height: 5′ 06″
Hair: Strawberry Blonde
Eyes: Brown (blue soft contact lenses)
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing From: Dubuque, IA (Dubuque County)
Last Seen: Knickers Saloon, 2186 Central Ave., Dubuque
Investigating Agency: Dubuque Police Department
Investigative Case #: 01-25185
NCIC #: M-901716452
NamUs MP # 396
Missing Since: July 4, 2001

Case summary by Jody Ewing
Dubuque CountyDubuque County in Iowa
Dubuque, IA Dubuque in Dubuque County

Crystal Ann Arensdorf, 21, of Dubuque, Iowa, was last seen at approximately 2 a.m. on July 4, 2001, at Knicker’s Saloon in Dubuque, Iowa. Arensdorf had gone to the 2186 Central Avenue bar with friends and tried to find a ride to East Dubuque, Ill.

No one saw her leave the bar, and she left her car, her keys, and her money behind. She did not show up for work Thursday morning.

Steven and David Peacock — two former Dubuque brothers who resided in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin — were at the bar on July 4 and questioned several times in Arensdorf’s disappearance.

The brothers agreed to polygraph exams in April 2002, and authorities also seized and searched David Peacock’s vehicle.

The brothers were never charged in connection with Arensdorf’s case.

UPDATE:

In June 2015, Iowa Cold Cases received a tip saying David Peacock hadn’t used his own vehicle the night Arensdorf went missing, but had instead borrowed his sister’s pick-up truck.

The tipster also provided the current aliases used by the brothers, the names of their respective employers, and identified the location where the brothers allegedly buried Arensdorf’s body.

Iowa Cold Cases forwarded the information to Dubuque Police Department investigators. 

Robert F. Mootz, the Knicker’s Saloon bartender in 2001, pled guilty in May 2002 to serving alcohol to a minor.

Mootz told authorities he and Arensdorf planned to share a cab to East Dubuque after her friends departed from the bar. The plans apparently changed during the evening and Arensdorf did not leave with Mootz. He has not been charged in connection with her disappearance.

Arensdorf’s family members said it was uncharacteristic of Crystal to leave without warning, and offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Officials have classified Arensdorf’s disappearance as “Endangered / Physical,” which refers to a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating his/her physical safety is in danger.

At the time of her disappearance, Crystal was described as a 5-foot-6 white female weighing 115 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing blue-tinted soft contact lenses, a white polo T-shirt, tan shorts, black sandals, a gold chain necklace with an opal pendant, an opal ring and a toe ring. She has a mole near her naval and her ears are double-pierced.

Twelve days after Arensdorf vanished, authorities searched Leisure Lake in Jackson County, Iowa, after a witness reported seeing a body floating in the water. The sighting turned out to be a false alarm and officials found no evidence at the scene.

In October 2001 — three months after she went missing — investigators eliminated Arensdorf’s boyfriend, Tim Gerlieb, as a possible suspect in her disappearance.

Dubuque police followed up on more than 500 leads, but have made no arrests in what they still consider a missing person case with a “high suspicion” of being criminal in nature. They do not believe she left of her own accord.

KCRG TV-9 spoke exclusively with Arensdorf’s family in multiple segments airing in June 2011. After viewing the newscasts (see below) an anonymous Dubuque business owner offered to put up $10,000 toward a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The reward has thus far gone unclaimed, and Crystal Arensdorf’s mysterious disappearance remains unsolved.

A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.

Information Needed

Anyone with information about what happened to Crystal Arensdorf is urged to contact Investigator Dave Randall at (563) 589-4429, Investigator Nick Schlosser at (563) 587-3813, or Lt. Scott Baxter at (563) 589-4410.

10 Years Later: Police and Family Continue Search for Crystal Arensdorf
KCRG-TV News Channel 9, Cedar Rapids, June 29, 2011

 

KCRG’s full interview with Crystal’s mom, Barb Beam
June 29, 2011

 

KCRG’s full interview with Crystal’s sister, Jen Puetsch
June 29, 2011

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37 Responses to Crystal Arensdorf

  1. Cole says:

    i saw her flyer in iowa at a Taco Johns…. and i am wanting to help in the search

  2. j. butler says:

    This is no serial killing, and there has been no missing womens cases of this type
    since crystals dissapearance.The person, or persons invovled most likley new here
    and were in the bar that night. Need to question these people again.

  3. Robert Olsen says:

    maybe david wasn’t using his own truck. maybe that’s why they didn’t find anything in it.

  4. Kris Starks says:

    Don’t some of these cases make you wonder if there has ever been a serial killer in IA?? I mean, even just passing thru?? I know the case of Tammy Zywicki still haunts me to this day.

  5. Yes I think there is. I read somewhere that there are 50 or so serial killers active in the USA that have not been identified yet. Tammy Zywicki’s murder has always bothered me especially when they thought the truck driver guy did it.

  6. I remember both Crystals & Tammys like it was last week. Sad for the families. Someone plz give them closure!!!

  7. I pray for the family and friends.

  8. My cousins work at Knickers, makes me worry

  9. man i hope so. I pray for closure for her friends and family.

  10. John Long says:

    Strawberry blonde? Looks more golden blonde.
    She's 35, if alive. Is this news video the most current? It's from 2011.

  11. No need says:

    The police said lie detector tests wer failed why arent they doing more about the people who failed them ?

    • no one important says:

      If there failing lie detector tests and arnt doing anything about them failing what was the point of using lie detector tests?

  12. This young woman and her family has been in our prayers from the first onset of news she was missing. If anyone can solve this case it will be our great DLEC teams in charge. We have top drawer professional investigators. Sybil Schroeder

  13. Lynn Elaine says:

    So was the area reported and the sisters truck ever searched?

  14. UPDATE:

    In June 2015, Iowa Cold Cases received a tip saying David Peacock hadn’t used his own vehicle the night Arensdorf went missing, but had instead borrowed his sister’s pick-up truck.

    The tipster also provided the current aliases used by the brothers, the names of their respective employers, and identified the location where the brothers allegedly buried Arensdorf’s body.

    Iowa Cold Cases forwarded the information to Dubuque Police Department investigators.

  15. so is there any new info available after this update was posted???

  16. Dig it up dig it up

  17. She can never R.I.P till they find her killer

  18. Robert olsen says:

    Peacock brother’s. & Wilson brother’s. their the same. check the tagged with at the top

  19. Investigation Discovery has a show called “Disappeared”. Has anyone tried to contact them with this or the other cases mentioned here?

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