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Edwin Harry Jacobs, a 55-year-old veteran who served with the 1032 Signal Company during World War II, was shot to death on Sunday morning, January 2, 1972, near the Izaak Walton league clubhouse in Clinton County, Iowa.
According to a Clinton Herald article dated January 3, 1972, investigators were summoned to a heavily wooded area near the clubhouse — known as “Ike’s Peak” — by nearby residents who said they heard gunshots.
Clinton municipal employee Herbert Wyncoop found Jacobs’ body at the edge of a road near the Ike’s Peak parking lot.
Officials said Jacobs was killed by three slugs from a .22 caliber weapon. The WWII vet had been shot twice in the right temple and also suffered one bullet wound to the chest.
Police questioned dozens of individuals throughout the day in connection with the shooting. Clinton Police Chief H.J. Fries said there was no sign of a struggle and that no murder weapon was recovered from the crime scene.
Det. Capt. Donald Flood headed up the investigation, and during an interview with Jacobs’ brother, Richard Jacobs, learned the victim had spent Saturday evening with Richard Jacobs and some friends. Richard Jacobs stated he’d dropped off his brother at the Bossen Apartments, located at 214 4th Ave. South in Clinton, about 10 p.m. Saturday night.
Edwin Jacobs’ murder remains unsolved and is under the jurisdiction of the Clinton Police Department.
Edwin Harry Jacobs was born January 9, 1916, to Harry and Mary (Mullahey) Jacobs. He was one of eight siblings.
He married Janet Michelsen on August 18, 1947.
He served as a private in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II, and lived in California before moving to Clinton, Iowa, in 1967.
Memorial services were held January 5, 1972, at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton, with burial following at the Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois.
Anyone with information regarding Edwin Jacobs’ unsolved murder is asked to contact the Clinton Police Department at (563) 243-1458.