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Gregory Neal Dickey


Gregory Neal Dickey
23 YOA
Interstate 80 eastbound on-ramp
Altoona, IA
Polk County
Case # 75-00248
February 18, 1975

Case summary by Jody Ewing

On February 18, 1975, Iowa State Trooper Charles Black discovered a 1966 green Ford van on Interstate 80 at the eastbound “on” ramp at Altoona. The van bore a 1973 Washington license plate number L84590 and, apparently abandoned, was impounded.

On April 7, 1975, the father of 23-year-old Gregory Dickey contacted authorities and stated the van belonged to his son. The younger Dickey had left Davenport, Iowa, on February 11 — just one week before Black found the vehicle.

When officials broke into the van in search of clues as to where Gregory Dickey may have been headed, they discovered his body in the van’s back seat under a blanket, a cord wrapped around the young man’s neck.

A coroner ruled Dickey’s death as “murder by strangulation.”

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Gregory Dickey’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.

gregory-dickey-gravestone-findagraveCourtesy photo David Schram, findagrave.com
Gregory Dickey is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, Okla.
About Gregory Dickey

Gregory Neal Dickey was born May 15, 1951.

He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, Oklahoma, in Garfield County.

Information Needed

Anyone with information regarding Gregory Dickey’s unsolved murder is asked to contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010, or email dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us.



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6 Responses to Gregory Dickey

  1. Diana Wilson says:

    Seems like anytime a car/van is impounded,it would be checked. But, I know, laws and people sue!!!!!

    • dieselbator says:

      There was another case in Iowa where the police departement actually auctioned off an impounded pickup truck that still had the owner’s dead body in the bed under some tree branches. The new owner wondered why it smelled so bad, looked under the stuff in the back that the police hadn’t bothered to check out, and found the poor guy’s body.

  2. How could anyone miss a body in a van? Anyway, I hope we can find some answers.

  3. Pam Dallmann says:

    Did you know Greg? He is still missed and loved.

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