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Stanley “Mike” Golinsky, 56, of Des Moines, was found dead under a downtown railroad bridge on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
A 911 phone call placed at 4:08 p.m. led Des Moines police officers to the Principal Park area near Vine and Southwest First streets, where they located a body beneath the railroad bridge near a bike trail on the Des Moines River’s west bank.
Police said the passer-by who found Golinsky asked a nearby construction worker to contact authorities because his cell phone was dead.
Police released the victim’s identity the following afternoon.
An autopsy was set to determine cause of death, and Des Moines police worked with the Polk County Medical Examiner to determine the nature of the injuries. Officials later ruled Golinsky’s death a homicide.
In an Oct. 25, 2012 story on RadioIowa, Sergeant Chris Scott said investigators had been working the case since discovering the body.
Scott said investigators aren’t speculating how Golinsky died, although it’s clear there’s foul play involved.
“The injuries he had weren’t obvious, which is why it took a period of time to determine how these could have possibly happened,” Scott said. “During that investigation, it became obvious that these (injuries) had to be (caused) by another person.”
Detectives treated the area under the railroad bridge near SW 1st and Vine St. as a crime scene, and have interviewed the person who discovered Golinksy’s body, the construction workers and people in the neighborhood.
Scott said investigators believe Golinsky was killed at the scene, rather than someplace else and then dumped under the bridge.
Police have yet to identify any suspects.
“Our victim was in and out of some homeless shelters, so (detectives) are trying to identify associates in those places and continue with any leads they might have,” Scott said.
Golinsky had most recently been arrested in Des Moines and charged with public intoxication.
Stanley Michael Golinsky was born May 30, 1956 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Mary (Bellas) Golinsky.
He moved to the Des Moines area in 2009, and was active in Rockpower Church. He loved to work crossword puzzles hours on end.
Friends described Michael as having a very kind heart who would do anything for anyone if they asked.
Michael was survived by his sister, Janet and husband Rob Dunn of Helena, Montana; brothers, Larry and wife Brenda Golinsky of Homer City, PA and Robert and wife Joyce Golinsky of Lucernmines, PA; several nieces and nephews; and many other extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Golinsky.
Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Rock Power Church, 3119 SW 30th Street, with plans for Golinsky to later be laid to rest with his parents at St. Francis Cemetery in Graceton, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Golinsky’s murder was Des Moines’ sixth homicide of 2012.
Des Moines Robbery/Homicide detectives continue to follow up on all leads as the case moves forward, and are looking for anyone who might have information or knowledge of events leading up to Golinsky’s death.
Polk County Crime Stoppers has offered a reward up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information about Stanley Golinsky’s unsolved murder is encouraged to contact the Des Moines Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (515) 283-4869.
You may also submit tips online via the Polk County Crime Stoppers website.