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Mrs. Hilda Fletcher

Homicide

Hilda Fletcher
53 YOA
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 15, 1958

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Hilda Fletcher was found beneath a blood-splattered bed in her Sioux City, Iowa, home on December 15, 1958.

Courtesy Mason City Globe-Gazette, Dec. 16, 1958

Courtesy Mason City Globe-Gazette, Dec. 16, 1958

The 53-year-old died of a brain hemorrhage and her body had sustained numerous bruises.

In a Mason City Globe-Gazette article dated Dec. 16, 1958, neighbor William Jackson, 80, told police he found Mrs. Fletcher’s body after barking dogs drew his attention to her home. Jackson said he and Fletcher were close friends and that he had a duplicate set of keys to her house.

Fletcher, he said, lived alone and was a diabetic.

Woodbury County Coroner Dr. Thomas Coriden said Fletcher died of a brain hemorrhage.

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated May 26, 1965, the county medical examiner never officially called Mrs. Fletcher’s death a murder, but said she was listed as a murder victim on police records. The article also cited the number of abrasions and contusions over much of Fletcher’s body.

Information Needed:

If you have any information about Hilda Fletcher’s unsolved murder please contact the Sioux City Police Department at 712-279-6440.

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4 Responses to Hilda Fletcher

  1. CRC says:

    May be a dumb question but, is there anyway that this case could be connected to Donna Sue Davis’s murder???

    • Jody Ewing says:

      CRC, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. And, though both Hilda Fletcher and Donna Sue Davis both lived in Sioux City, I’m not aware of any other connections between their murders. Donna Sue’s suspected killer preyed more on young children.

  2. Diana Wilson says:

    Interesting. I remember the doctor’s name. Was too young to remember the incident. I hope this gets solved.

  3. Amen! I agree with Diana Wilson.

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