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Eugenio P. Garcia

Homicide

Eugenio Prieto Garcia
36 YOA
7 miles NW of Muscatine, IA
Muscatine County
June 21, 1992

The body of Eugenio Garcia, 36, was found near the Dougherty Bridge on County Road F-70 about seven miles northwest of Muscatine, Iowa at 7 a.m. on Father’s Day, June 21, 1992.

Sgt. Greg Orr of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department reported Garcia had been strangled.

At 11 o’clock that evening, cousins Vicente Rosales, 30, and Pedro Rosales, 18, were arrested in connection with Garcia’s death and charged with one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

The Dougherty Bridge

The Dougherty Bridge near where Eugenio Garcia’s body was found Father’s Day in 1992.

If convicted, both charges carried mandatory life sentences.

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated June 23, 1992, the Rosales men were accused of forcing Garcia into a vehicle and killing him before dumping his body near the bridge sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning.

Muscatine County Attorney Bill Creasey told the Gazette the Rosales cousins knew Garcia. The motive for the murder allegedly involved a fight over a relationship with a woman.

Courtesy Cedar Rapids Gazette

“We got them identified quickly,” Orr stated in a Gazette article dated June 24, 1992. “We were fortunate in getting some good witnesses right off the bat. The pieces started falling into place pretty well.”

Though officials felt strongly about their case against the Morales cousins, the two eventually were released and the case went cold.

Greg OrrCourtesy Wittich Funeral Home
Greg Orr of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office

Orr went on to become Muscatine County Sheriff, and retired in 2008. He passed away in September 2011.

About Eugenio Garcia

Eugenio Garcia was born in Mexico on June 2, 1955. He was survived by his wife, Janice Lynn (Lake) Garcia, and the couple’s child.

Information Needed

If you have any information regarding Eugenio Garcia’s death, please contact the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office at 563-263-6055.

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9 Responses to Eugenio Garcia

  1. Diana Wilson says:

    It must be hard to leave cold cases behind.

  2. surely, but they are never forgotten

  3. Wait. Did this happen in 1955, or 1992?

  4. Sarah Rushton, where did it say 1955.

  5. Oops! My bad! The caption under the photo is generated from the “description” on the case summary page, and I’d erroneously put in his birth date instead of date of death. Sorry about that. I’ll try to correct it here (already did so on his ICC page.)

  6. It will let me edit text “above” the photo but not the text below. If anyone knows how to do that please let me know! Thx in advance! Jody at ICC

  7. I was just wondering if it was a mistake

  8. I pray for someone to come forward. Justice needs to be served for the family.

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