Michelle Marie Martinko
Homicide — SOLVED
Cedar Rapids, IA
Case Number: 85-06117
December 19, 1979
- Sat., Feb. 15, 2020: Experts lay groundwork for genetic genealogy arguments as trial continues for man accused of killing Michelle Martinko ~ The Des Moines Register
- Fri., Feb. 14, 2020: Retired police, criminalists describe handling of evidence in Michelle Martinko murder case ~ The Gazette
- Fri., Feb. 14, 2020: Witnesses describe procedure in collecting, storing, and tracking evidence as part of cold-case murder trial ~ KCRG
- Wed., Feb. 12, 2020: ‘Michelle Martinko, forever 18’: Trial begins for man accused in 1979 death of Cedar Rapids teen ~ The Des Moines Register
- Wed., Feb. 5, 2020: Jerry Burns’ deviant computer activity will be kept out of Michelle Martinko murder trial, judge rules ~ The Gazette
- Sun., Jan. 19, 2020: Taking genetic genealogy sites to trial: Iowa homicide case among first of its kind to argue DNA requires search warrant ~ The Des Moines Register
- Mon., Dec. 30, 2019: What we know: Key moments in the Michelle Martinko cold case murder investigation ~ The Gazette
- Tues., Dec. 10, 2019: Trial against Michelle Martinko murder suspect moving to Scott County ~ CBS
- Mon., Oct. 14, 2019: Attorney: Michelle Martinko murder trial delayed; accused killer wants venue change ~ The Des Moines Register
- Mon., Sept. 16, 2019: Murder trial delay likely in cold case of Michelle Martinko ~ The Gazette
- Mon., June 3, 2019: October trial on track for Manchester man accused of killing Michelle Martinko in 1979 ~ The Gazette
- Fri., May 24, 2019: Investigator who cracked Martinko murder case named Iowa Officer of the Year ~ KCRG
- Mon., April 15, 2019: Police collected DNA from dozens while investigating 1979 killing of Michelle Martinko ~ The Des Moines Register
- Fri., March 22, 2019: Distant relative learns her DNA led to arrest in Michelle Martinko slaying: Vancouver, Wash., woman says she doesn’t know suspect ~ The Gazette
- Fri., Feb. 1, 2019: Trial set for Iowa man accused in 1979 killing of Michelle Martinko ~ The Des Moines Register
- Thu., Dec. 27, 2018: Man accused in Michelle Martinko killing will plead not guilty at arraignment, lawyer says ~ The Des Moines Register
- Wed., Dec. 26, 2018: Prominent Iowa City lawyer to defend Jerry Burns in Martinko case ~ The Gazette
- Sun., Dec. 23, 2018: Jerry Burns’ Family releases statement following arrest in Martinko case ~ The Gazette
- Thu., Dec. 20, 2018: Groundbreaking DNA technology helped find Martinko murder suspect ~ The Gazette
- Thu., Dec. 20, 2018: Manchester community shocked at Burns arrest in Martinko murder case ~ The Gazette
- Thu., Dec. 20, 2018: Manchester man charged in fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko makes first appearance: Judge order $5 million cash-only bail ~ The Gazette
- Thu., Dec. 20, 2018: Michelle Martinko’s family reacts to arrest made in cold case ~ The Gazette
Feb. 1, 2019 | The Des Moines Register
The trial for Jerry Lynn Burns, who’s been charged with first-degree murder in the 1979 killing of Michelle Martinko, will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 14 at Linn County Courthouse, according to online court records and the Des Moines Register.
He was arrested in December — nearly 39 years to the day following the killing — after his DNA was found in the bloodied car where Martinko’s body was discovered.
In charging documents, authorities said there was blood found on Martinko’s clothing that did not belong to her. Two partial male DNA profiles were developed from blood found in the car — one from her clothes and another from the gear shift knob, police said. For one of those profiles, authorities said fewer than one in 100 billion unrelated individuals would have had the same profile.
Detectives covertly obtained DNA from Burns and it matched the evidence they had on file from Martinko’s killing. Burns has pleaded not guilty.
He denied killing the woman during an interview with police but could not provide authorities with a reason his DNA was in Martinko’s car.
UPDATE: Arrest Made
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 — the 39th anniversary of Michelle Martinko’s brutal murder — Cedar Rapids police announced they’d made an arrest in her unsolved homicide.
Police arrested Jerry Lynn Burns, 64, on Wednesday morning in the decades-old fatal stabbing. Burns, who was 25 when Martinko died, will make his first court appearance Thursday morning in Linn County, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday evening.
In a statement announcing the arrest, police said Burns was questioned at his job Wednesday in Manchester and denied killing Martinko. He could not offer a “plausible explanation” for why his DNA was found at the crime scene, authorities said.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5:20 p.m. | TheGazette.com
CEDAR RAPIDS — For the first time since Michelle Martinko was stabbed to death 37 years ago, her sister and brother-in-law can look the killer in his eyes.
Using the services of a Virginia-based company that uses DNA to predict the physical features and ancestry of a suspect, the Cedar Rapids Police Department has produced images of a man believed to have killed Martinko in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 19, 1979. Those images were shared with Martinko’s sister and brother-in-law, Janelle and John Stonebraker, earlier this month and were shared with the public during a news conference on Tuesday at police headquarters.
“It’s very sobering and disturbing at the same time,” John Stonebraker said, as he stood just feet away from the images. “But, it is also hopeful.”
Added Janelle Stonebraker, “It’s very personal. It brings it to a person.”
The computer-generated renderings of the suspect, shown how he might appear at age 25 (with short hair), age 25 (with longer hair) and age 50, were created using a database of DNA phenotypes — or the physical expressions of genetic code — and were submitted to Iowa Cold Cases by Cedar Rapids Police Investigator Matt Denlinger.
Cedar Rapids police ask that any reproductions of these renderings include the full content of each page. (Please do not crop.) You may also download all three pages in PDF format here.
If you have any information about who this person might be, please contact Investigator Matt Denlinger at (319) 286-5442 or email [email protected].
Video by Dave Franzman, KCRG-TV9, Posted Tue 5:10 PM, May 16, 2017 | Updated Tue 5:46 PM, May 16, 2017
April 10, 2014: Cedar Rapids Police Department Media Release
The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting additional assistance from a Linn County Crime Stoppers tipster who provided investigators with information about the December 1979 Michelle Martinko homicide.
On December 16, 2013, the Police Department received information from an individual that led investigators to a possible suspect. Investigators followed up on the lead, however the possible suspect’s DNA did not match the DNA that is on file that belongs to Martinko’s killer.
Nonetheless, the information provided was credible and investigators believe that further legitimate information from this individual will be beneficial to the case. To further enhance the investigation, this individual is being encouraged to contact Detective Doug Larison at (319) 286-5412 or cellular phone (319) 521-6003. Investigators have further questions that they would like to ask the tipster. This individual can continue to remain anonymous.
This individual can also call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time.
If the information provided leads to an arrest, this individual may be eligible for a reward. All calls are anonymous.
On Feb. 18, 2014, Det. Doug Larison released the following information regarding Michelle Martinko’s case. Email image provided by Robert J. Riley.
Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing
At 4 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 1979, police found 18-year-old Michelle Marie Martinko — her face and chest stabbed repeatedly — in her family’s tan 1972 Buick 4-door in Cedar Rapids’ Westdale Mall parking lot. The Kennedy High School senior had driven to the newly opened mall after a school choir banquet to shop for a new winter coat.
According to Police Chief Raymond K. Baker, the girl’s parents, Albert and Janet Martinko of 4312 Woodfield Lane NE, had reported their daughter missing at 2 a.m. Baker said the parents called later and said they’d learned Michelle had gone to Westdale, and officers were dispatched to search that area.
They found the car parked in the northeast section of the parking lot of Westdale Mall shopping center on the city’s southwest side, the Gazette reported on Dec. 20, 1979.
Wounds on the teen’s hands showed she fought her killer, but the medical examiner’s office said Martinko was found fully clothed and had not been sexually molested.
Detectives found no weapon or fingerprints to identify her killer, but said Martinko had not been robbed. Based on the number of stab wounds — particularly to the young woman’s face — police considered the homicide personal in nature.
Kennedy High’s principal, Michael Clover, told the Gazette Michelle would have been at the annual Kennedy Concert Choir banquet at the Sheraton Inn until around 7 p.m. He said Martinko was seen at the shopping mall about a half-hour later.
Martinko was scheduled to graduate from Kennedy High School in the spring. She’d participated in the school’s women’s choir and the Concert Choir, as well as in dramatic productions.
“She was an above-average student,” Clover told the Gazette. “She was quiet, but attractive.”
Police said they had few leads and appealed to the public for help.
“We know that she was all right up to about 8 p.m., but we don’t know what happened after that,” Assistant Chief of Police James Barnes said. “So we are asking that if anyone saw her after that, if anyone saw someone with her, call us. If there’s any information at all, call us.”
Chief Baker told the Gazette they were starting at “ground zero,” which meant detectives were interviewing the girl’s friends and a number of young people. Some were seen entering the detective bureau Thursday morning, accompanied by their parents.
On June 19, 1980, police released a composite sketch of the man they believed stabbed Martinko. Police developed the sketch based on descriptions provided by two witnesses.
The sketch indicated a white male in his late teens or early 20s, weighing between 165 and 175 pounds, and standing about 6 feet tall.
During the original investigation, detectives compiled a list of more than 80 potential suspects. More than 60 were tested and eliminated.
In the years following the murder, many suspects died.
DNA Profile Procured
Using new technology, the Cedar Rapids Police Department was able to procure the suspect’s DNA in 2006.
At a news conference held Oct. 2, 2006, cold case investigators Det. Doug Larison and Det. George Aboud announced they had developed new evidence in the 1979 murder and asked the public for assistance in identifying a male with a cut on his hand during the time of the murder. A $10,000 reward — half of which was donated by Martinko’s family — was offered for information leading to the subject’s arrest.
In the two years following the announcement, police received a number of calls, a few which Det. Larison said provided new information that helped eliminate a few more suspects. None of the leads it produced, however, uncovered a DNA match to the blood sample.
“We would love to solve this case, and we have not given up hope,” Larison said in a 2008 interview with the Gazette.
“If they’re not alive, you can always get a sample of their mother’s DNA, but if they’re dead, their parents probably are, too,” he said.
Albert and Janet Martinko died believing they knew who killed their daughter, but there was no evidence tying that man to the crime.
Police believe the blood that was found came from a cut on the killer’s hand. Because the investigation is ongoing, police wouldn’t say where they found the blood or how they know the killer cut his hand. But the detectives are certain the blood will lead them to the person who stabbed Martinko to death.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that this is the killer’s blood,” Larison said. “All we need is a name. And once we get a DNA match, we’ll have our killer.”
The DNA information has been uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a national database that houses DNA profiles developed from crime scenes. When profiles of convicted offenders are uploaded to the database, CODIS searches its current index system to see if the offender’s DNA matches a profile in an unsolved crime.
When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Michelle Martinko’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 the resolution of 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.
Two More Suspects Eliminated
When 61-year-old Dennis Lee McKee — once considered a prime suspect in Martinko’s murder — died on Jan. 15, 2012 at the Iowa State Penitentiary Hospice Care Unit in Fort Madison, some wondered whether he’d taken a secret to the grave.
McKee, a convicted rapist serving a life sentence for an unrelated sexual crime, died a natural death from metastatic colon cancer. According to a Gazette article published Jan. 17, 2012, McKee was convicted in that case on evidence that he broke into a woman’s Cedar Rapids home Nov. 12, 1979, held a knife to her neck, threatened to kill her sleeping children and then taped her hands behind her back and gagged her.
McKee raped and abused her in ways that caused pain more severe than child birth, the Gazette cited, based on court documents.
On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said detectives had access to McKee’s DNA through the prison system, and that McKee would have been charged had his DNA matched evidence recovered from the scene of Martinko’s homicide.
In January 2013, an anonymous tipster sent a handwritten letter to Iowa Cold Cases, alleging Martinko’s brother-in-law was responsible for her murder. We at ICC passed along the information to the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s Cold Case Unit. Cold Case Investigator Jeff Mellgren responded and told ICC the subject in question “was eliminated as a suspect by virtue of DNA.”
Through blogging and social media, de Sturler hopes to shine a new light on the cases featured on her blog.
The Snapshot DNA Phenotype photos released in May 2017 may finally spark a forgotten memory or conscience and lead to long awaited answers for both investigators and Michelle’s remaining family members.
Arrest Made on 39th Anniversary of Murder
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 — the 39th anniversary of Michelle Martinko’s murder — police arrested and charged a Manchester man with first-degree murder in her death.
Police arrested Jerry Lynn Burns, 64, on Wednesday morning in the decades-old fatal stabbing. Burns, who was 25 when Martinko died, will make his first court appearance Thursday morning in Linn County, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday evening, Dec. 19.
In a statement announcing the arrest, police said Burns was questioned at his job Wednesday in Manchester and denied killing Martinko. He could not offer a “plausible explanation” for why his DNA was found at the crime scene, authorities said.
Distant relative learns her DNA led to arrest in Michelle Martinko slaying: Vancouver, Wash., woman says she doesn’t know suspect
March 22, 2019 | by Trish Mehaffey, The Cedar Rapids Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Vancouver, Wash., woman, trying to find out more about her father’s side of the family, never expected that her DNA would help catch an Iowa man accused of killing Michelle Martinko 40 years ago.
“I uploaded my DNA to GEDMatch,” a public database used to research family trees, “and forgot about it,” Brandy Jennings, 40, told The Gazette in a phone interview Friday.
Jennings is a second cousin twice removed, through her paternal great-grandparents, to Jerry Lynn Burns, 65, of Manchester, who was charged in December with fatally stabbing the 18-year-old in 1979.
Jennings was mentioned in a search warrant obtained last week by The Gazette, but Jennings only learned about the connection a few days ago after people on a Facebook group devoted to the Martinko case called or messaged her about it.
She remembered talking to her brother, who lives in California, when she decided to upload her DNA to a public database. He had concerns because that’s how the suspected Golden State killer, Joseph DeAngelo, was arrested last year.
Her brother told her he wasn’t sure he would want to be responsible getting a family member arrested.
“I don’t know … I feel OK about it,” Jennings said. “I want someone to have to do time if (he/she) did something like that. I don’t regret it now.”
About Michelle Martinko
Michelle Martinko was born Oct. 6, 1961 in Cedar Rapids to Albert and Janet Martinko. She was found dead in her car in the Westdale Mall parking lot in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 20, 1979.
Michelle was a senior at Kennedy High School and lived at 4312 Woodfield Lane NE. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Concert Choir, a band twirler and “Campus Life.”
In addition to her parents, Michelle was survived by one sister, Janelle Stonebraker of Davenport; and her grandmother, Mrs. Emmy Rothweiler of Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church with the Rev. James J. Goedken officiating. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held at Turner Chapel East from noon Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Michelle’s father, Albert Martinko, a World War II Air Force veteran, died July 24, 1995.
Michelle’s mother, Janet (Zillig) Martinko, a US Army veteran, passed away March 30, 1998.
- Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
- Cedar Rapids Police Dept. — Crimes
- Linn County Crime Stoppers
- “Trial against Michelle Martinko murder suspect moving to Scott County,” by Marissa Schwartz, CBS2/FOX28, Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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- Michelle Marie Martinko (1961 – 1979) — Find a Grave Memorial
- Albert F. Martinko (1918 – 1995) — Find a Grave Memorial
- Janet Zillig Martinko (1917 – 1998) — Find a Grave Memorial
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