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Hilda Fletcher was found beneath a blood-splattered bed in her Sioux City, Iowa, home on December 15, 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.
If you have any information about Hilda Fletcher’s unsolved murder please contact the Sioux City Police Department at 712-279-6440.