Polk County in Iowa
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Louise Cruise

Missing Person

Louise Cruise
Age At Report: 15
DOB: May 2, 1997
Weight: 140 lbs.
Height: 5’01”
Race: White
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Female
Incident Type: Juvenile
Missing From: Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Missing Since: May 8, 2012


Louise Cruise, 15, was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 8, 2012.

At the time of her disappearance, Louise was described as a 5-foot-1 white female with black hair, brown eyes, and weighing about 140 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a black Harding School shirt.

Information Needed

If you have information about Louise Cruise’s unsolved disappearance, please contact the Des Moines Police Department Detective Bureau at (515) 283-4864 or The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse / Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-346-5507.


4 Responses to Louise Cruise

  1. Tricia says:

    Are there no pictures or no other facts about this missing girl that can be posted?

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      Tricia, the police should have requested a photograph. It begs the question, was she active on social media. Which many of these young people are.

      What frustrates me in many missing person’s cases, is the lack of details. Quite often investigators,hold back some details especially with certain crimes such as homicides. However, this is a missing juvenile, and the more information they obtain, can help them find her.

      So, the question is that they just assumed she ran away, and did make the effort to obtain as much information as possible.

      We don’t what she was doing, when she was last seen. When she was last seen. Did she have a job, a boyfriend, was she in school.

      • Kelly says:

        That’s what I am thinking. Why is there no photo? they basically described half the area. I think they are hiding something, and i can not find any information on this sweet girl.

        • Patrick Kerrigan says:

          Kelly, I agree. There are too many missing persons cases, where we have very few details. It frustrates me as a former police officer and detective with the Veterans Administration.

          We had to conduct investigations on missing patients, which required us to obtain as much information on the patient, including his or her medical or psychological diagnosis. If quite often would dig through medical records and administrative records to cross reference information.

          We also conducted extensive searches of the medical center property. Then we briefed our chief, who then determined if we had enough information to brief the hospital director.

          He would then decide if we needed to notify the Chicago Police Department, so they would make the patient a missing person.

          The VA was responsible for patients while admitted or been seen at a clinic. Also, if they were placed in a nursing home under VA contract, we were still responsible for them.

          This bothers me even with cold cases, where don’t release some minor detail in relation to the incident. Such as maybe a piece of jewelry was taken from the victim, or the caliber of a firearm used in a shooting. Especially after 20,30,40, years. I get tired of hearing they are protecting the investigation.

          Yet that small tidbit could jog someone’s memory.

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