Peggy Cottrell (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Peggy Cottrell (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Peggy Ann Cottrell

Missing Person

NAME: Peggy Ann Cottrell
October 26, 1934
167 lbs.
Disability – physical / mental
MISSING FROM: Marshalltown, IA
Marshall County
May 26, 2001


Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing
Marshall County in Iowa
Marshall County in Iowa
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Peggy Ann Cottrell resided at the Southridge Nursing Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. A relative dropped her off at the facility at approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 26, 2001, and Cottrell was last seen running away from the home only minutes later.

Authorities believe she left of her own accord, and said she had no history of dementia.

Cottrell was last seen wearing a white sweater with a pink and blue design and dark-colored slacks. She is described as a white female, 66 years of age at time of disappearance, 5’07” and weighing 167 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

“We talked with the family members at the time and they said she was in a good mood,” Police Chief Jack McAllister said in a 2008 story about the case.

A fisherman discovered Cottrell’s purse along the banks of the Iowa River several weeks after she was reported missing. Her ID and cash were inside the handbag.

Peggy Cottrell (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Peggy Cottrell (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

“We worked a lot on that and we could never know exactly what happened to her,” McAllister told the Times-Republican in an October 2011 interview. “To this day we don’t know where she went.”

Cottrell is in need of medication for unspecified reasons. She received her last dose at noon on the day of her disappearance. If she does not take her medicine as directed, she may become depressed or confused.

Cottrell’s ears are pierced and she wears eyeglasses. She may use the last name Dickenson and/or Rowan.

Her case remains unsolved.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Peggy Cottrell’s unsolved disappearance please contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725.


8 Responses to Peggy Cottrell

  1. Sherry Betts says:

    I worked with her at the vets home yrs ago ,her son was our best man in our wedding. So said not to know where your mom is or if she’s still alive or not

  2. This is so sad..I hope they find her

  3. Talona Perry says:

    That makes me so sad. I knew peggy from the senior citizens center . She was a sweetheart. I was out walking with a group trying to help find her .

  4. This is so sad. I also worked with Peggy on 2 E at IVH for several years.

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