Dubuque County in Iowa

Dubuque County in Iowa

Dubuque, IA

Dubuque in Dubuque County

Cold Cases in Dubuque, Iowa

 

 

 

 

Francis Rafferty

Francis Rafferty

Homicide
Francis J. Rafferty
58 YOA
Dubuque, IA (Dubuque County)
Case # 64-00326
February 8, 1964

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, February 8, 1964, Gretta Rafferty returned home from work and found the body of her brother, Francis John Rafferty, 58, in the apartment they shared in Dubuque, Iowa. His hands, feet, and legs were bound with telephone wire ripped from the wall and his mouth and nose were covered with electrical tape. He had choked on regurgitated food and died of asphyxiation.

 

Sherrie and Victoria Martin Double Homicide
Sherrie Lee Martin and
Victoria Lynne Martin

Dubuque, IA (Dubuque County)
Case # 65-00461
March 6, 1965

On March 6, 1965, Janet Martin and Donald Martin escaped from their burning house but were unable to save their two daughters, Sherrie Lee and Victoria Lynne. It was later determined that the house fire was deliberately set and deemed arson.

 

Kenneth Bouzard

Homicide
Kenneth Marvin Bouzard
53 YOA
Case Number: 71-00481
Dubuque, Iowa (Dubuque County)
April 23, 1971

On Friday April 23, 1971, the badly battered and crushed body of Kenneth Bouzard was found beneath a boxcar on railroad tracks in Dubuque, Iowa. Police believed Bouzard had been assaulted and struck in the head with a piece of railroad equipment while sitting or lying near the tracks.

 

Jackie Shireman

Jackie Shireman

Homicide
Jackie Shireman
21 YOA
Marino’s Meal on a Bun
1296 Central Ave.
Dubuque, IA (Dubuque County)
January 4, 1975

On Saturday, Jan. 4, 1975, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a customer at Dubuque’s “Marino’s Meal on a Bun” found waitress Jackie Shireman lying in a pool of blood in the walk-in cooler. The 21-year-old newlywed and Sunday School teacher had been stabbed approximately 30 times with a pair of scissors. A trial returned no homicide conviction, and the case remains open.

 

Theodore Hoerstman

Theodore Hoerstman

Missing Person
Theodore Anthony Hoerstman
Missing From: Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Age at Report: 45
Date Reported Missing: December 6, 1982

Theodore Hoerstman was reported missing to the Dubuque Police Department in Dubuque, Iowa, on December 6, 1982. Hoerstman is a disabled adult and has a 1-inch appendectomy scar and a scar on his right calf. The name “Sharon” is tattooed on his lower right arm.

 

Kenny Joe Johnson

Kenny Joe Johnson

Homicide
Kenny Joe Johnson
14 YOA
Maus Park
Dubuque, IA (Dubuque County)
Home Residence: New Liberty, IA
Local Case # 87-21572
DCI Case # 87-05013
October 10, 1987

Around 9 a.m. on Oct. 10, 1987, an elderly fisherman discovered 14-year-old Kenny Joe Johnson’s body near a floodgate in Dubuque’s isolated Maus Park. He was rolled in a 5-foot-by-9-foot piece of yellow-orange nylon carpet that had been dumped at the park, and an autopsy revealed he had been strangled by hand and sexually assaulted.

 

Paul Knockel

Paul Knockel

Missing Person
Paul Joseph Knockel
Age at Report: 53
Missing From: Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Missing Since: November 26, 1990

Paul Knockel was last seen in Dubuque, Iowa on November 26, 1990, and has never been heard from again. When Knockel didn’t show up for Thanksgiving dinner, family members became concerned and went to check on him. They believe he may have been abducted at his home and murdered.

 

Crystal Arensdorf

Crystal Arensdorf

Missing Person
Crystal Ann Arensdorf
Age at Report: 20
Missing From: Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Missing Since: July 4, 2001

Crystal Arensdorf of Dubuque, Iowa, was last seen at approximately 2:00 a.m. on July 4, 2001 at Knicker’s Saloon, 2186 Central Avenue in Dubuque. Arensdorf — a minor at the time of her visit to the bar — was there with friends and trying to get a ride to East Dubuque, Illinois.

 

Marlon Barber Jr.

Marlon Barber Jr.

Homicide
Marlon Terrell Barber, Jr.
15 YOA
2000 block of Jackson St.
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
October 20, 2012

On Oct. 20, 2012, Marlon Barber, Jr., a 15-year-old Dubuque teen, was shot in the chest and stomach as he and his friends walked away from a party. He died soon after in the hospital. Another teen was hit by gunfire but treated at a hospital and released.

 

20 Responses to Dubuque

  1. Kim says:

    I was a resident in Dubuque (grown and raised) I mean you have a few cold cases that don’t make sense to me. Why can’t you solve them? Let’s start off with this Francis Rafferty guy? (never even heard of this person) looked on line. Never even known this person existed. I would have been a small child at the time My Dad worked for Carr/Adams at the time.And how about this Kenny kid,heard about him and last but not least this Gal that was at Knickers. Do you have any clues to has been? You are not doing such a great job but would like to help you as well as these families.

  2. Jody Ewing says:

    Kim, while I agree that many of these cases don’t make sense (most murders are, after all, senseless), I must clarify that the Iowa Cold Cases website is *not* run by any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. We are a state-registered Iowa nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide case summary information on Iowa’s unsolved crimes (homicides, as well as missing persons cases where foul play is suspected), in efforts to remind the general public that these cases have not yet been solved.

    We are not law enforcement investigators or detectives. We research and write summaries so these victims are not forgotten, communicate with victims’ family members, pass along tips to respective LE agencies, oversee our sister Facebook page, and also work with organizations like Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers to ensure our case information is as inclusive as possible.

    We receive no local, state, or federal funding (or grants), and invest full-time unpaid hours in regularly updating case summaries with hopes that someone with knowledge about any one of these cases will contact the appropriate authorities with a long-awaited missing puzzle piece.

    Your question about why these cases can’t or haven’t been solved is a good one. The best answer, perhaps, is a recent statement by Assistant Dubuque Police Chief Terry Tobin, who said: “It’s one thing to potentially know the facts of the case or what happened. It’s another thing to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    As Tobin also said, there are people out there that have information. The problem is getting them to talk. It’s one of the reasons we encourage comments and discussion on the case summary pages and the ICC Facebook page.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

    • Lisa Ousley says:

      Compare the cold cases in Cedar Rapids compared to Dubuque. The Dubuque Police are genius’s. Maybe Cedar Rapids should spend less on new rec centers, bike trails, useless downtown parks and more on their Police Department.

      • K says:

        Another issue might be that a lot of times the CRPD processes homicide scenes in-house with their own crime scene unit, rather than calling in the state DCI to process. The DCI is probably better equipped and better trained to handle crime scenes because it’s something they do on a fairly regular basis, plus the techs are specifically trained in how to process scenes. The police dept. in my town doesn’t hesitate to call in the DCI on homicide or suspicious death scenes, even though they also have their own in-house crime scene unit. The few murders we’ve had have been solved. Even the Linn Co. Sheriff calls the DCI in on homicides or susp. deaths. Not sure why CR doesn’t…you’d think they’d want to utilize all available resources in hopes of solving the case.

  3. Patsy Meyer says:

    It is my honest belief that in the case of Crystal Arensdorf, if one looks at all the facts it is very easy to determine that the police here in Dubuque, DO know directly who is responsible for her untimely death.This observation is not made with delusional idea or irrational thought, rather it is made by carefully examining the facts surrounding her disappearance. iIf you will recall, in 2001 the investigation and subsequent conviction of methamphetamine related crime was of the utmost importance to the DLEC. I know enough about this case personally that I can safely tell you that pursing Crystals death strongly impeded several meth mfg. charges. To simplify, the two overlapped each other and since she was dead, the police justified their actions by telling themselves she was dead and nothing could be done anyway. they know EXACTLY what happened. Too bad her poor parents don’t share their sentiments.

  4. Patsy Meyer says:

    just an added thought to my earlier posted comment, in reality the action of local law enforcement constitutes at its least an extreme case of obstruction of justice and at its best or more accurately, being accomplices to murder after the fact

  5. Miracle says:

    It’s been how many years & the cops still don’t know who Marlons killers are he was a good kid no one need to die at a young age he had is whole life ahead of him 😭😭 Rip Marlons

  6. Stacy says:

    This really is crazy I was born and raised here and I only new about the 3. OK I understand the cops are busy (not) but really these are peoples loves ones. No answers dont have a clue were there at. Get your asses out there and do your jobs you can’t till me there’s no desk cop that would love a cold case. If theses were my loves ones my butt would be down at the police station every single day till I died. To theses family 🙏

  7. v says:

    where is collin brown?

    • Kim says:

      There were arrests made in connection to Collin Brown’s murder, including several people who were charged with first degree murder:

      http://103wjod.com/two-more-arrest-in-the-homicide-of-collin-brown-last-april/

      Some of the suspects have already taken plea deals on lesser charges in exchange for their testimony against the killer/s. One of the men, Imere Hall, has already been found guilty of first degree murder, while two others still await trial on their first degree murder charges:

      http://www.telegraphherald.com/news/breaking/article_c588d121-d5b7-5942-a7f2-bc761527c26a.html

      Since there were arrests made in Brown’s case and one person already convicted of first degree murder in his death, his case is considered solved at this point.

      • PanamaRed says:

        I’ve got good reason to believe there’s a lot more connected to Collins case than they have let on. These dumbasses in court is just the tip.
        Collin was one of my roommates for more than a few occasions.
        People in his immediate vicinity or circle keep changing stories. And believe me the shit that has been admitted since is completely fucked.
        Law enforcement knocked off my friend and replaced him with more submissive people when he wanted to get out of that shit.
        MOTHERFUCKERS ARE WANDERING OUT AND FREE AND THINKING THAT THEY CANT BE TOUCHED BC THEY ARE SET LOOSE BY THE COPS IN EXCHANGE FOR INFO
        AND SOME OF THESE COCKSUCKERS THINk I dont know.
        Where is the justice when we get to pay for their rent and for them to be protected for the rest of their lives? When my friend is laying in the fucking ground!
        His memory has been constantly disrespected and tarnished since the goddamn funeral and now there’s a bunch of assholes set loose by the Dubuque cops thinking they can do whatever the fuck they want and poison the community, drive the good people down into the ground, and perpetuate all this misery and pain

      • Panama Rojo says:

        Collins case was horseshit and cops replaced my friend knocked him off and replaced him rather with more submissive people. People outside the case have admitted shit and stories keep changing
        They think I don’t keep track of what these bastards say when they forget he was my roomate more than a few occasions
        Let’s just keep perpetuating the shit thatll eventually drive all of dubtown into the ground. Assholes set loose by the cops thinking they can do whatever the hell they want poisoning the community.
        Kharma is very unforgiving v

    • Emma says:

      They’ve Caught Everyone Involved With Collins Murder….

      But What About My Friend Jimmy Richardson Who Was Shot & Killed On Rhomberg ? Where’s His Justice ?

      • Panama Rojo says:

        Or Brandon O’Rourke. I graduated with that man.
        Bottom line is there is no justice when we get to pay these fuckers’ rent for the rest of their lives
        As they sit and smile in court and even at our friends funerals.
        Rest in peace Dubuque.
        My friends memories have been lost tarnished forgotten thrown away starting at their own goddamn funerals!
        What? So some assholes can make more money off of our blood and tears as concern is pushed aside for the “growth” of Dubuque into a fucking tumor
        They were just kids and I won’t forget. And kharma hurts real fucking bad
        Like how bad it hurts seeing my friends being put to rest into the fucking dirt every time. People don’t learn unless it’s the hard way because guess what
        Human beings are the only creatures to claim a good, but we are the only ones who also act like we ain’t got no one to answer to in the end

  8. Marcie says:

    It amazes me that everyone here is so quick to judge. I also grew up in Dubuque, I always loved this town and it still has a spot in my heart. Yes there are cold cases, which is very unfortunate, but if you compare our list to other cities it is quite short. So in that aspect I believe our police are doing a fairly good job. It does so suck for the loved ones of these cases because they do not get their closure or justice. That doesn’t mean that these will still never be solved. As in any case, you have to trust that our officers and investigators are doing the best they can with the evidence provided. I know in a lot of cases officers may know beyond doubt who did what, but without the evidence to prove it they can’t proceed. I am not in any way saying that the people lost in these cases should be forgotten or the cases no longer worked, but more to the people commenting on here and making such judgments about the police and other people they believe to be guilty, if you think you can do a better job at solving these cases or you have such facts as to who the guilty party is then prove it and pony up on the evidence needed to solve these cases. Otherwise, shut up. This site is more for remembering the ones lost in these cases. So if you can’t do the same thing the police weren’t able to do, respect the families of the lost and offer up prayer and condolences instead of worthless judgments and false accusations.

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