The Washta Access is shown (Courtesy Iowa DNR)

The Washta Access in northwest Ida County (Courtesy Iowa DNR)

Dung Kim Truong


Dung Kim Truong
37 YOA
Case # 97-12883
Washta, Iowa (Washta Access)
Ida County
Went Missing: September 22, 1997
Body Found: November 27, 1997

On Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1997, a decomposed body was found at the Washta Access south of Washta, Iowa, in Ida County. The victim was identified as 37-year-old Dung Kim Truong, who had been reported missing on September 22, 1997.

Truong was last seen leaving the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with an unknown Asian male at approximately 6:30 p.m. on September 22, 1997.

Ida County in Iowa

Ida County in Iowa

The Washta Access, a 52-acre Ida County park with the Little Sioux River traversing through it, is located three miles south of Washta on Highway 31 in Ida County. Open year-round, the park features a concrete boat ramp with easy access to the Inkapaduta Canoe Trail on the river. The park also features river and stream fishing, native prairie and native timber.

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Truong’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 resolving 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.

About Dung Kim Truong

Dung Kim Truong was born in California on November 14, 1959.

The US Social Security Death Index lists his date of death as September 22, 1997.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Dung Kim Truong’s unsolved murder please contact the Ida County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 364-3146 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010 or email



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