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Floyd William Alborn, a 76-year-old bachelor, was found shot to death in his rural Panora, Iowa home on Friday, November 8, 1974. Alborn’s sister, Freda Mills, discovered her brother’s body.
The Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation assigned three agents and six lab crew members to assist the Guthrie County Sheriff Lester Petersen with the investigation.
Alborn, a 76-year-old bachelor, was a gun collector and had been burglarized eight years earlier on February 14, 1967. Charles E. Kurtz, a 19-year-old Grandview College student, was charged and convicted of stealing 15 antique guns from Alborn in that incident. Kurtz, a Des Moines resident, was sentenced to just 30 days in jail for the 1967 burglary.
Investigators discovered 75 guns in Alborn’s home following his murder, though police said it was unknown if there had been more that possibly were stolen.
Despite a $2,000 reward offered for information, Alborn’s murder remains unsolved.
When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Alborn’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.
Floyd William Alborn was born near Perry, Iowa in Dallas County on May 20, 1898, to Sarah May Knosby and William M. Alborn.
Memorial services were held at the Merchant Funeral Home in Yale, Iowa, and he was buried with his extended family in Violet Hill Cemetery near Perry in Dallas County.
Survivors included three sisters: Freda Beulah Alborn Mills, Lena Alborn Noack and Henrietta M.F. Alborn Frederickson; and one brother, Harry Henry Alborn.
His parents and two siblings — Laura Mary Alborn Sheets and George J. Alborn — preceded him in death.
If you have any information about Floyd Alborn’s unsolved murder, please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.