David Redowl

David Redowl (Courtesy Sioux City Police Department)

David Leon Redowl Sr.


David Leon Redowl Sr.
27 YOA
610 West Third Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Woodbury County
April 26, 1997


At approximately 2:00 a.m. on April 26, 1997, 27-year-old David Redowl and his 24-year-old sister, Sonja, had a physical altercation in the back yard of their mother’s residence at 610 West 3rd Street in Sioux City, Iowa. Both Redowl and his sister listed that address as their home.

Woodbury County in Iowa
Woodbury County in Iowa
Sioux City in Woodbury CountySioux City in Woodbury County

The Sioux City Police and medical personnel were called to the two-story frame house at 2:07 a.m.

Upon arrival, officials found Redowl unconscious, and transported him to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Doctors pronounced Redowl dead shortly after his arrival.

The county medical examiner ruled cause of death as a stab wound to the heart, though the victim also sustained other stab wounds to his extremities.

In a Sioux City Journal story published April 26, 2012, Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said the family member was investigated, but “we were never able to develop enough information to charge anyone.”

1997-4-26-SCJ-david-redowlCourtesy Sioux City Journal
On April 26, 1997, the Sioux City Journal ran a front page story about David Redowl’s death. The case remains unsolved.

Kirkpatrick said other individuals and family members around the home that night resisted talking to police and weren’t forthcoming about details.

Because of conflicting witness statements and inconsistencies of eyewitness accounts, no charges were ever filed.

Without some type of new information, Kirkpatrick said Redowl’s murder will probably remain a cold case.

“If the case can make itself based on the evidence, that’s one thing, and probably even a stronger case than testimony from witnesses,” he told Journal reporter Molly Montag, “but there wasn’t a strong evidentiary case either.”

About David Redowl

David Leon Redowl Jr. was born Feb. 9, 1970, in Iowa. He most recently resided with his mother at 610 West Third Street in Sioux City, Iowa, and died at her home on April 26, 1997.

His murder remains unsolved.

Information Needed

If you have any information about David Redowl’s unsolved murder please call the Sioux City Police Department at 712-279-6390.



Copyright © 2024  Iowa Cold Cases, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


2 Responses to David Redowl

  1. MikeD says:

    The article title says David Leon Redowl Sr, which is correct. The last paragraph says David Leon Redowl Jr. It looks like his son David Leon Redowl Jr was born on May 17, 1994 and died on November 21, 2015. He he had his own son as well who is David Red Owl III.

  2. Ash Nicole says:

    hope whoever is responsible will be held accountable for their actions :(

Comment Policy

We encourage thoughtful discussion here but ask that comments remain civilized and constructive … i.e. without personal attacks or name-calling. Be respectful of others and remember that victims' family members visit these pages, too. If you'd like to provide us with information regarding a suspect or have other sensitive details to relay, please email us directly. Thank you in advance.

Share Your Thoughts