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David Morris


David Morris
68 YOA
Morris Foods
2550 Maury Street
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1973-12106
February 22, 1973

On Thursday evening, February 22, 1973, David “Dave” Morris, 68, was shot in the back of the head behind the meat counter at Morris Foods, the supermarket he owned at 2550 Maury Street in Des Moines. Two empty .32-caliber shell casings lay near his body.

Morris FoodsCourtesy photo Google Street View
David Morris was robbed and murdered at Morris Foods on Feb. 22, 1973.

Robbery appeared to be the motive, as Morris’s wallet had been stolen and an undisclosed amount of cash was missing from the cash register.

Around the time of the murder, an old delivery truck was seen parked at the store. According to witnesses, the truck resembled the kind used to deliver bread.

No one has ever been charged in Morris’ death.

About David Morris
david-morris-gravestoneCourtesy photo Katie Lou, findagrave.com
David Morris and his wife Celia are buried in the Jewish Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

David Morris was born January 8, 1905. He and his wife, Celia, are buried in the Jewish Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. Celia passed away in 1985.

Information Needed

If you have any information regarding Davis Morris’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.

  • Des Moines Police Department, correspondence to Iowa Cold Cases, July 10, 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial
  • George Hendrickson, personal correspondence to Iowa Cold Cases, December 4, 2011
  • “D.M. Grocer Found Slain In His Store,” Denise Caringer, The Des Moines Register, February 23, 1973
  • United States Social Security Death Index


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4 Responses to David Morris

  1. shemas says:

    Even after all these years it would be great to solve this horrible injustice!!!

  2. Diana Wilson says:

    I love cold cases but they are always someone’s family member. Sad

  3. I pray someone comes forward. My prayers sent to the families and friends.

  4. Never give up hope, have alot of faith.

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