Boone County in Iowa

Boone County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Boone County, Iowa

*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 Bell

Effie Bell

Effie Corelis Bell
46 YOA
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 Maynard

Norma Maynard

Missing Person
Norma M. Maynard
Age at Report: 61
Missing From: Boone, IA
Boone County
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.

Arnold Sansgaard
58 YOA
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 Peterson

Ronette Peterson

Ronette Lynn Peterson
22 YOA
From Madrid, IA
Boone County
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.

Mark Snopek

Hit-and-run Homicide
Mark Snopek
53 YOA
County Road R18 (also known as L Avenue)
Rural Boone
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.

Jesse Leopold

Jesse Leopold

Missing Person
Jesse Leopold
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, 2016, after reportedly telling his supervisor he was going to go pick up his medicine just before the 6:30 p.m. lunch break began. He was reported missing Oct. 16.

3 Responses to Boone County

  1. sue rose says:

    The woman who was murdered in Boone by the name of Penny did they find out who murdered her and left her son in the house. The house is or was on old highway 30

  2. Brenda A Carney says:

    Jesse missing date and last seen should be the same you have it listed 1 year apart. What do you do for these missing people?

  3. Leif says:

    The remains of John Zauhar were discovered in Boone in 1947. The coroner determined the man had died by “felonious means.” His killer was never identified.

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