Geralyn Kean

Geralyn “Gigi” Kean (Courtesy Rick Peloquin)

Geralyn “Gigi” Jean Kean

Homicide

Geralyn Jean Kean
17 YOA
Case # 1975-26584
446 SE Hart St.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
July 29, 1975

Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

On Tuesday, July 29, 1975, 17-year-old Geralyn Jean Kean’s nude and bullet-ridden body was found lying face down on a waterbed in her Des Moines home.

Kean’s husband, Michael, 21, found his wife’s body in their bedroom when he returned home from work about 2:45 p.m. from his job with the Union Carbide Corp. in Des Moines.

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Courtesy Des Moines Register, July 30, 1975

Gunshots had punctured the waterbed.

Police said Mrs. Kean was shot five times in the face, back and side with a .38 caliber handgun.

In an Ames Daily Tribune article published July 30, 1975, Assistant Police Chief Thomas Teale, Jr., said no murder weapon was recovered at the crime scene nor had any motive been established.

Dr. R.C. Wooters, Polk County medical examiner, conducted an autopsy the following day and said there was no laboratory evidence of sexual assault in the case and no other “obvious” marks on Mrs. Kean’s body other than the gunshot wounds.

Wooters said the autopsy indicated Kean died around noon — “an hour one way or the other” — on Tuesday, July 29, and that some of the shots may have been fired at extremely close range.

By the following day, two unidentified men were being held and questioned by Des Moines police, but no charges were filed, according to a Des Moines Register article published July 30, 1975.

Police said Mrs. Kean, a housewife and part-time student at Des Moines Lincoln High School, apparently was last seen alive by her husband about 8 a.m. Tuesday before he left home for work.

News articles published in the days following the murder said authorities would not confirm a report that a neighbor had seen a suspicious man in the vicinity of the Kean home about 10 a.m. that morning.

The Keans had been married about eight months and had lived at the 446 SE Hart Street address during that time.

Police said nothing appeared to be missing from the home and that robbery wasn’t believed to have been a motive. The house was not ransacked and there were no signs of a struggle.

1975-7-30-dmr-geralyn-kean-homeDes Moines Register photo by Larry Neibergall
The 446 S.E. Hart St. residence in Des Moines where Geralyn “Gigi” Kean, 17, was found July 29, 1975. Her husband said he found the body when he came home from work.

In a Register article dated January 25, 1976, reporter Nick Lamberto wrote that there were unconfirmed reports that Kean’s murder and that of Diane Schofield, 21, were drug related.

Schofield’s body was found in the trunk of a tan 1966 Rambler in a parking lot near the Des Moines airport on July 10, 1975. Her murder also remains unsolved.

About Geralyn “Gigi” Kean

Geralyn “Gigi” (Wilson) Kean was born in 1957 to Donald J. and Nadine Wilson. Don Wilson, a prominent West Des Moines attorney, died in March 1973 of injuries suffered in a West Des Moines auto accident.

Geralyn "Gigi" Kean gravestoneCourtesy Katie Lou, findagrave.com
Geralyn “Gigi” Kean is buried at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Gigi was a part-time student at Des Moines Lincoln High School, and had been married to Michael L. Kean just eight months at the time of her death.

Survivors included her husband, Michael, and her mother, Mrs. Nadine Wilson of 1414 McKinley Avenue.

Geralyn (Wilson) Kean was laid to rest at the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Geralyn Kean’s unsolved murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at (515) 283-4864.

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10 Responses to Geralyn Kean

  1. BEN.VEACH says:

    WAS KEVIN MILLER EVER QEUSTION HE NEW THE VICTEM AND LIVED VERY CLOSE TO THIS ADDRESS AND HAD A VILANT PAST IS IT PUBLIC RECORD OF THE TWO MEN THAT THEY QEUSTION IN THIS CASE WE WHERE TOLD THAT HER HUSBENED HAD DONE IT I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT THIS WAS A COLD CASE FILE PLEASE RESPOND WITH ANY ADICTIONAL INFORMATION IF YOU CAN

  2. 38 years, but someone knows.

  3. Beth McFall says:

    It’s just so frustrating to read about these and want to solve them but how?

  4. Amen to that. How can people be so mean.

  5. In each of these cases there are people who have the information needed to end the pain that families are suffering, for whatever reason be it guilt or fear they choose not to speak up. Many times law enforcement has the answers but are lacking the proof that a court requires. There comes a point when families should be allowed access to case files which would bring them some peace, but that is not often done.

  6. Mary Novak Whitehead: I agree with everything you say. I just wanted to add that there are just SO many times that if a prosecuting attorney takes to trial the person or persons who everyone in law enforcement is positive is the guilty party, and they lose that case because of lack of physical evidence, that case can never be brought back up for trial due to the Double Jeopardy law. Someone who is tried and found innocent of homicide charges can’t be accused again and hauled back into court. That leaves us just hanging our heads sometimes when it seems obvious that a person is guilty but the evidence is completely circumstantial, witnesses are dead or have changed stories, no shred of physical evidence is available, etc. Many times the full contents of law enforcement case files CAN’T be released because they contain information never released just in case someone comes forward with that information that s/he couldn’t have heard anywhere. They would have had to be at the scene of the crime to know that information. Every case is different, of course, but I wanted to add these notes in sympathy of your frustration and the frustration of nearly everyone who will read this. Thank you so much for taking the time to post!! Take care and be safe, Kerry at ICC

  7. Her brother and I were grade-school classmates at the time. Their father had died just a year or so before. :( That family went through more than anyone should have to endure in a lifetime.

  8. Herb Hunter says:

    Gigi and Diane both went to Lincoln High School. Diane’s mother didn’t live far from Gigi (within two miles). Both live near the Drake Observatory. One was found shot with a .38 like Karen Streed, and one was found shoeless in the truck of a car, strangled like the Waverly Three.

    I bet Gigi’s shoes were also missing.

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