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On February 15, 1978 at 4:14 a.m., Council Bluffs Police Department officers responded to a fire call in the 1500 block of South 6th Street, where the fire department advised them there was an unresponsive person inside the Rock Island Bunkhouse #27.
The unresponsive male was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival and identified as Edward Leroy Hickson.
A witness to the incident advised police that on the same night as the fire at 4:05 a.m., he had observed a white male, 6’3 to 6’4 and wearing a brown stocking hat and black jacket, enter the Rock Island Bunkhouse #27. The witness said the individual immediately came back out and went to a 1975 or 1976 Buick or Monte Carlo, burgundy over white in color, removed something from inside the vehicle and then re-entered the building.
The witness said he saw a green shirt hanging inside the car, and that a few minutes later the man exited the building and left in the same vehicle.
At this time the offender is unknown and this case is active.
Edward Leroy Hickson was born in 1945 to Rex and Evelyn Louise (Willson) Hickson. In addition to his parents, Edward was survived by a brother, Larry, and two sisters, Terry and Sheila.
He was buried at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland, Kansas in Sherman County.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (712) 328-4765 or Crime Stoppers at (712) 328-7867.