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