Wapello County

Wapello County in Iowa

Ottumwa, IA

Ottumwa in Wapello County

Cold Cases in Ottumwa, Iowa

 

 

 

Homicide
James Lewis Chamberlain
41 YOA
Beneath Wabash Railroad Trestle
Ottumwa, Iowa
Wapello County
May 25, 1893

On Thursday, May 25, 1893, James Chamberlain, a carpenter who lived on Ottumwa’s south side, was struck by a blow to the head and found lying in mud and water beneath the Wabash Railroad trestle in the city’s old Richmond section. He died four days later on May 29.


Homicide
Billy Lee Clark
43 YOA
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
August 1, 1975

Billy Lee Clark was shot to death on August 1, 1975. Police never closed the case, though they later said they think Clark’s killer died shortly after the murder.


Homicide
John Robert Hill
51 YOA
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
Case # 76-00925
November 22, 1976

On Monday, November 22, 1976, two young men found John Robert Hill, 51, lying face down at the Ottumwa Launderette that Hill owned and operated. Hill was stabbed 21 times and shot.


Francis Jordon

Francis Jordon

Homicide
Francis F. Jordon, Sr.
42 YOA
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
July 12, 1978

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, July 12, 1978, Francis Jordon was killed after two men knocked on his door saying they had car trouble and needed help. Jordon’s son later found his father’s body thrown over the bank beside the Des Moines River out across Cliffland Park. The 42-year-old Jordon had been brutally beaten to death.


Double Homicide — ARRESTS MADE
Nathan David Messer, 20
Seth Anderson, 22
11612 140th Street
Ottumwa, Iowa
Wapello County
March 5, 2006

Nathan Messer, 20, and Seth Anderson, 22, were killed Sunday, March 5, 2006 when arsonists started a fire inside a rural Wapello County home after a Saturday night party. On Jan. 25, 2016 — nearly 10 years after the double homicide — the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Wapello County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Joseph Yenger, 28, of Ottumwa, and Zachary Allen Dye, 27, of Council Bluffs, and charged them with two counts of felony murder. A trial date has not yet been set.

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