Pottawattamie County in Iowa
Pottawattamie County in Iowa
Council Bluffs in Pottawattamie CountyCouncil Bluffs in Pottawattamie County

Edward Leroy Hickson


Edward Leroy Hickson
32 YOA
Case # B78-1173
1500 block of So. 6th St.
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
February 15, 1978


Case summary by Jody Ewing

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-hickson-gravestoneCourtesy photo LeAnn Burchfield, findagrave.com
Edward Hickson is buried at Goodland Cemetery in Sherman County, Kansas.
About Edward Hickson

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.

Information Needed

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.



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