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On Wednesday, April 30, 1997, Vietnam veteran John Lee Erickson, 48, of Council Bluffs was shot in the head near Mondamin, Iowa, in Harrison County. His killer or killers then dumped his body in a ditch off I-29 south of Onawa in Monona County.
The Harrison County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the homicide.
Erickson, the father of four children, had served as an SP4 with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
His death came exactly one week before his 49th birthday.
His murder remains unsolved.
John Lee Erickson was born May 7, 1948. He served as an SP4 with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Survivors included his wife, Perlene; four children: Josh, Zach, John, and Sarah.
John was laid to rest in Garner Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
His wife, Perlene Jo (Floerchinger) Erickson, died without answers on Monday, December 13, 2010 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, where she’d worked for the past 33 years as a Physical Therapy Technician.
If you have any information about John Lee Erickson’s unsolved murder please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Council Bluffs, at (712) 322-1585.