Coralville in Johnson County

Coralville in Johnson County

Johnson County in Iowa

Johnson County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Coralville, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen

Larry Wells

Larry Wells

Double Homicide:
Karen Ann Christensen, 27, and
Larry Gordon Wells, 25
Near Coralville Reservoir
Coralville, IA (Johnson County)
August 26, 1975

On Labor Day, September 1, 1975, two young motorcyclists discovered the charred bodies of two persons inside a scorched pickup truck near the Coralville Reservoir in Johnson County, Iowa. The victims were later identified as Karen Ann Christensen, 27, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and her cousin Larry Gordon Wells, 25, of Marathon, IA.

 

Lance DeWoody

Lance DeWoody

Homicide – Arrest Made, Charges Later Dropped
Lance Lee DeWoody
22 YOA
Coralville, IA (Johnson County)
Case # 85-04249
August 12, 1985

Lance Lee DeWoody, 22, of North Liberty, Iowa, was shot in the head and neck at a picnic shelter on the north side of the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus in Coralville sometime between late Monday night, August 12, 1985, and early Tuesday morning. Thirty years later on March 24, 2016, officials arrested Anthony Burtch, 57, of Iowa City, and charged him with first-degree murder in DeWoody’s death. Burtch later made a plea deal with prosecutors, agreeing to a plea of obstruction, an aggravated misdemeanor. Under the agreement, the first-degree murder and weapons charges were dropped and Burtch received credit for six months already served.

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