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*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Boone County but may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are included here for cross-reference purposes. More specific information may be found on each victim’s individual page.
Effie Corelis Bell
Case Number: 66-00666
Went Missing: March 20, 1966
Madrid, Iowa (Boone County)
Body discovered at Madrid dump (Dallas County)
May 31, 1966
On Tuesday, May 31, 1966, the skeletal remains of Effie Bell, 46, were discovered at the city dump in Madrid, Iowa. Mrs. Bell was last seen alive March 18, 1966, and suspected date of homicide is March 20, 1966.
Norma M. Maynard
Age at Report: 61
Missing From: Boone, IA
Missing Since: February 3, 1979
Norma Maynard was reported missing to the Boone Police Dept. in Boone, Iowa, on February 3, 1979. Few other details are available in her case.
Story City, IA
Jurisdiction: Boone County
Case # 84-03531
July 15, 1984
On Sunday, July 22, 1984, relatives found 58-year-old Arnold Sansgaard’s nude body dead on the living room floor of the rural Story City, Iowa home he shared with his mother, Della, in northeast Boone County. An autopsy showed he died from two shallow stab wounds to the right side of his chest, probably about July 15 or 16.
Ronette Lynn Peterson
From Madrid, IA
Body found in Lakeland, FL
May 7, 1986
On May 7, 1986, an unidentified female’s body was found floating in a water filled pit off Highway 33, approximately three-fourths of a mile north of Combee Road in Lakeland, Florida. An investigation revealed the victim had suffered multiple blows to the head and body and then been put into the water and left to drown. The death was ruled a homicide. Nineteen years later, the “Jane Doe” was found to be Ronette Peterson of Madrid, Iowa.
County Road R18 (also known as L Avenue)
Boone County, IA
August 8, 2007
On August 8, 2007, at approximately 8:53 p.m., 53-year-old Mark Snopek of rural Boone was riding his bicycle on County Road R18 (also known as L Avenue) traveling northbound when he was struck from behind by a dark colored vehicle. From there, the vehicle fled the scene and continued northbound.
Age at Report: 23
Missing from Jewell, IA
Truck found in Ledges State Park
Jurisdiction: Boone County SO
Missing Since: October 13, 2016
Jesse J. Leopold, 23, was last seen alive just before a work shift break in Jewell, Iowa, on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2017, after reportedly telling his supervisor he was going to go pick up his medicine just before the 6:30 p.m. lunch break began.