Pottawattamie County in Iowa

Carter Lake

Carter Lake in Pottawattamie County

Cold Cases in Carter Lake, Iowa




Johnny Jo Shields

Johnny Jo Shields

Missing Person:
Johnny Joe Shields
Age at Report: 32
Missing From: Carter Lake, IA (Pottawattamie County)
Case Number: 89-00081
Missing Since: December 16, 1988

Johnny Shields 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 Bates

Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III
39 YOA
Jump Start Conoco Station
109 Locust St.
Carter Lake, IA (Pottawattamie County)
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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