Clinton County in Iowa

Clinton County in Iowa

Clinton, Iowa

Clinton in Clinton County, IA

Cold Cases in Clinton, Iowa




Edwin H. Jacobs
55 YOA
Ike’s Peak
Clinton, IA (jurisdiction)
Clinton County
January 2, 1972

The body of 55-year-old Edwin Jacobs was found in a wooded area known as “Ike’s Peak” in Clinton on January 2, 1972. He was shot to death with a .22 caliber weapon.

Louis Dale Reed, Sr.
53 YOA
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
February 14, 1974

On Thursday, Valentine’s Day 1974, Louis Dale Reed, Sr., was killed by a 410 shotgun blast to the chest inside a building at the salvage yard he operated on Clinton’s south side. He also had a shotgun wound to his left arm.

Unidentified Body
Black female, 12 – 23 years of age, 5’2″ to 5’4″, 100 to 120 lbs., average build, black hair.
Body found 04/11/75, in river in Clinton County. Victim was approximately 10 weeks pregnant.
Cause of Death:
Gunshot Wound. Death occurred sometime in early 1975.
Clinton County Sheriff’s Office 319-242-9311

Steven Barrette

Steven F. Barrette
20 YOA
Clinton, IA
June 5-6, 1976

Steven Barrette, a 20-year-old Army veteran, was killed in early June 1976 during a weekend camping trip. On Tuesday evening, June 8, 1976, Clinton police arrived at the Barrette’s family doorstop to notify them Steven’s body had washed ashore and been found near the Mississippi River.

Pamela Hinrichs

Pamela Hinrichs

Pamela Hinrichs
19 YOA
Amvests Post No. 28
1317 S. 17th St.
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
Case # 81-00259
January 13, 1981

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1981, Pamela “Pam” Hinrichs, 19, was shot during a robbery of the AMVETS Post No. 28 at 1317 S. 17th St. in Clinton, Iowa, where she worked as assistant manager.

George Leonard

George Leonard

George Leonard
53 YOA
The Inn
902 S. 14th Street
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
Case # 81-06936
November 28, 1981

George Leonard was shot while bartending at the Inn Tavern in Clinton on the morning of November 28, 1981.

Robert Clary

Robert Clary

Robert M. Clary
48 YOA
419 1/2 14th Avenue S.
Clinton, IA (jurisdiction)
Clinton County
Case # 82-05190
September 29, 1982

On September 29, 1982, Robert Clary, 48, was found dead on the floor of his mobile home with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Josh Yoder

Josh Yoder

Hit-and-Run Homicide
Josh Yoder
500 Block of South 9th Street
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
May 3, 2005

The Clinton Police Department is renewing its appeal for information on the hit-and-run death of Josh Yoder. Josh Yoder, age 4 was killed on May 3, 2005, when a hit-and-run driver struck the boy in the 500 block of South 9th Street in Clinton, Iowa. The Clinton Police Department is seeking information leading to the identification of the driver, or the offending vehicle, involved in the incident.

Ben Roseland

Ben Roseland

Missing Person
Benjamin M. Roseland
Age at Report: 19
DOB: November 24, 1988
Weight: 175 lbs.
Height: 5′ 11″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Missing From: Clinton, IA
Clinton County
Missing Since: February 9, 2008

Around 10:30 p.m. on February 9, 2008, Ben Roseland left a friend’s house in the 400 block of 10th Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa, to walk a few blocks to a Hy-Vee grocery store located in the 900 block of South 4th Street. He never made it to the store.

Terry Johnston

Terry L. Johnston
55 YOA
Clinton, IA and
Princeton, IA
Clinton County
Mississippi River
Body Found: October 1, 1997

A missing 55-year-old Clinton County man, Terry Leon Johnston, was found dead in the Mississippi River Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, in Princeton, Iowa.

36 Responses to Clinton

  1. Jack MeHoff says:

    Clinton Iowa has the most cold case deaths in Iowa. Very sad

  2. John Pickering says:

    There is no reason why the young unidentified lady shouldn’t have been identified by now. Forensic technology has progressed to such a point where skeletons provide usable DNA and a more specific age of the victim. That being true, why has she been left forgotten in an unmarked grave?

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      John, I agree with your comment. However, it costs money to have those tests. Also, I wonder if they took any samples that could be sent. If not they may have exhume her remains. That normally requires a court order and money.

  3. Christine says:

    I feel a deep sympathy for all family members suffering the loss of missing family. With all the technology and DNA these days… Why is this? We can’t it’s don’t search find work hard enough, if fire enough to do or complete the job. We should never stop searching..
    Hire smarter individuals or use the money to investigate poperly…

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      I wonder if the murder of Pam Hinrichs and George Leonard , may be connected. They worked at similar places of business in a sense.

      Was George a robbery victim, or was he shot for general principles. I see that Pamela was murdered on a Tuesday. What day of the week was November 28, 1981.

      I would think if the police department had it’s together, then they should make a stab at clearing a few of these cases. Especially, since one commenter suggested a possible motive for his death.

  4. Lynn Jewell says:

    It is my belief that Louis Dale Reed was murdered by the parent or relative of yet another child he sexual molested. I was six years old when he sexually abuse me at his junk yard when my mother and her then boyfriend left my sister and I at the junkyard. I was a senior in high school when he was shot dead. His death lifted some of the emotional damage I carried. there isn’t a day that goes by that I cant visualize the acts he forced on my tiny body.

  5. Laurie McDade says:

    Terry Leon Johnston needs to be added to the cold case files!!!

    • Laurie L McDade says:

      He still has not been added to the cold case files. He was murdered by residents of South Clinton in 1997. Please look into this and have him added.

      • Carol Kean says:

        Laurie, this is Carol, filling in for Jody. I have found nothing online about Terry Leon Johnston except for this post. I’m sorry for the omission and sorry the family has not heard from the DCI for a long time. I’m an unpaid volunteer, and Jody has never been paid for her work her nor reimbursed for the cost of the website, and ICC has grown beyond the means of one or two volunteers. The volume of emails, questions, tips, and new cases is daunting. Again, I’m sorry this case seems to be getting no attention, and I’ll do what I can to get it added to ICC. Without more hands on deck and funds to pay the annual fees to have a website, getting new cases filed is growing harder. I don’t have Jody’s tech skills, and Jody has been hit with cancer and more surgeries coming up. I would say ICC is at a crisis point in terms of the case load and the lack of staff to handle the details. (Carol)

    • John Pickering says:

      I remember speaking with his daughter not long after he was found. The pain on her face should be more than enough reason for police to double down and find his killer/s.

  6. Sonya Ritchie says:

    I will bet any amount of money that the black lady was killed by a white person and probably was impregnated by a whiteperson I lived in Clinton for sometime and encountered a lot of racism! If you don't want to be associated with anyone black, keep your Dic* in your pants!

  7. Casey s says:

    I know that my family is not dwelling on Pam’s death. They just wish new information would come forth. I wish I would have gotten to know my aunt. My mom and my aunt’s and uncles still share stories about her. One day I hope we get that call. More than 30 yrs I hope we find peace n justice for Pam.

  8. Les Shields says:

    Why would a person dwell only the past, in some cases more than 30 years ago? Why would some people who prefer to dwell only in the past refuse to even acknowledge the events in more recent times, like the 30 years since? There is a reason for it.

  9. Phylis Dalldorf says:

    Sally Chapman, I suggest you sign up for the Citizen Police Academy Class which is now open for enrollment and begins February 5, 2015. The class is free and very enlightening. I believe you will change your mind about the “top notch” police department we have. Just saying . . .

  10. They caught those guys that was my mother I'm law

  11. Mike Adney says:

    I guess no unsolved murders for over 30 years is not enough for Sally Chapman.

  12. There are a lot more over the years who aren't listed. Closure is a good thing.

  13. Top notch Clinton PD. It will never change. How many more unexplained will we mourn?

  14. Margaret M. Bees says:

    Prayers to all the families of these victims, Josh Yoder lived right around the corner from us. Very sad indeed!!

  15. we all remember pam hinrichs, so funny always a smile on her face, these are sad and some are same time frame 1981 and 1982 could be same person

  16. Alanna Kay says:

    The one there was solved.

  17. Carol Godat says:

    Wasn't there another at a bar on 4th street ??

  18. Carla Kostka says:

    To many for this town .prayers to all the families,such a sad thing not knowing what the heck happened and why did it have to be lime that.

  19. Tony Ramsey says:

    Too many Cold Cases.

  20. Sad case for a few bucks they were killing a lot of bartenders back then be careful people get stupid.

  21. Mom knew her too who didn't.

  22. Was that Pam in that murder o

  23. thats way to many for our area thoughts and prayers go to all familys

  24. This makes me sad. Pam was a good friend of mine and both of her parents went to their grave not knowing a thing about what happened to her.

  25. Jan Saddoris says:

    Very,very sad. A lot of family's with no answers. Prayers for them all.

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