Pottawattamie County in Iowa

Carter Lake

Carter Lake in Pottawattamie County

Cold Cases in Carter Lake, Iowa




Johnny Jo ShieldsJohnny Joe Shields

Missing Person
Johnny Joe Shields
Age at Report: 32
Date of Birth: Feb. 12, 1956
Missing From: Carter Lake, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case Number: 89-00081
NCIC Number: M-337585780
Missing Since: December 16, 1988

Johnny Joe Shields, 32, who lived with his mother in Carter Lake, Iowa, was heard leaving the residence at 2 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 1988, and has never returned to his residence nor contacted his family. He was reported missing to the Carter Lake Police Department in Carter Lake, Iowa, on December 16, 1988.

Humberto Cortez
Carter Lake, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case # 96-06859
June 21, 1996

On June 21, 1996, a partially decomposed male body was discovered in a rail car by a Paxton Verling Steel employee. The body was identified in December 2009 as that of Humberto Cortez.

Robert Bates

Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III
39 YOA
Jump Start Conoco Station
109 Locust St.
Carter Lake, IA
Pottawattamie County
PCSO Case File S07-012121
September 27, 2007

Around 10 p.m. on the night of September 27, 2007, Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates was shot twice while working at the Carter Lake “Jump Start” convenience store. Bates was working alone at the store when he went out the front door to take a break. There, he was shot twice in about two seconds.


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