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Karla Jean Hartkemeyer
DCI Case # 96-03059
Resided in Des Moines, IA
Went Missing: October 27, 1995
Body found in rural Warren County on
March 12, 1996
Date of Death: October 27, 1995
Karla Jean Hartkemeyer, 35, of Des Moines, Iowa, was last seen on Friday, October 27, 1995. On November 15, 1995, her brother, Karl Hartkemeyer, reported her missing.
On Tuesday, March 12, 1996, two Des Moines hunters looking for deer antlers stumbled across the young woman’s skeletal remains in a wooded area in northern Warren County near the North River.
According to Warren County Sheriff Jim Lee, Hartkemeyer’s purse — still containing her social security card — lay near her body.
An autopsy concluded she died of head injuries.
When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Karla Hartkemeyer’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.
Karla Jean Hartkemeyer was born June 25, 1960, the daughter of Darrell D. and Lucille M. (Radeke) Hartkemeyer.
She died October 27, 1995.
Karla was survived by her brother, Karl, and father, Darrell.
Her mother preceded her in death in 1985.
Karla was buried at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Two years after Karla’s murder, her father passed away Dec. 19, 1997, following a short illness. He, along with his wife and daughter, was buried at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
If you have any information about Karla Hartkemeyer’s unsolved murder, please contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (515) 961-1122 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.