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Judith Reed, 38, was engaged in an altercation outside the Welcome Inn tavern in Goose Lake, Iowa, on Thursday, December 26, 1974, at which time she was struck in the head. She was found dead in a friend’s home the following morning.
Reed and another woman at the tavern had become combative the previous evening before bar owner Ismel Pacho asked them to leave. The women’s argument continued outside, and at some point Reed was hit in the head with an unknown object.
Reed had been staying in Charlotte, Iowa, four and one-half miles west of Goose Lake, with friends Norma and Robert Haines and was able to make it to their home that evening before complaining of a headache and going to bed. The Haines found Reed unresponsive the next morning just after 8 a.m. and contacted authorities.
Clinton County coroner J.J. Young pronounced Reed dead at the scene and said the head injury led to her death.
Investigators involved in Judith Reed’s death included the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Reed’s death remains unsolved.
Judith I. Reed was born in Indiana on July 26, 1936. She was the mother of two sons and two daughters, and a sibling to three brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services were held December 30, 1974 at Charlotte Immanuel Lutheran Church, with burial following at Rossiter Cemetery in Charlotte.
If you have any information regarding Judith Reed’s unsolved murder, please contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 242-6595 or 1-888-883-8015.