Bremer County in Iowa

Bremer County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Bremer County, Iowa

*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Bremer 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.

 

William L. Meadows

William L. Meadows

Homicide
William Lawrence Meadows
36 YOA
Plainfield, Iowa
Bremer County
Case # 61-00280
January 23, 1961

Town Marshal William Lawrence Meadows, 36, was shot and killed on Monday, January 23, 1961, while investigating a burglary in progress at the Hartmann Packing Plant in Plainfield, Iowa.

 

Valerie Klossowsky

Valerie Klossowsky

Homicide
Valerie Lynn Klossowsky
14 YOA
Waverly/Denver, IA
Bremer County
Case # 71-00549
June 13, 1971

On Tuesday morning, June 15, 1971, the partially clad body of 14-year-old Valerie Lynn Klossowsky of Waverly was found on a creek bank under a bridge on a lonely country road three miles west of Denver, IA. The Waverly-Shell Rock Junior High School student had been strangled.

 

Tammy Rachel Nitcher
2-1/2 months old
Rt. 1.
Waverly, Iowa
Bremer County
Date of Death: Friday, January 7, 1972

First it was 2-1/2-month-old Tammy in January 1972. Then, two months later in March, 2-year-old Sarah. Fast forward four years — and to another state — and it was 3-month-old Crystal. And finally, almost a year to the date after Crystal’s death, it was Misti, just 5 weeks old. One by one, Helen Nitcher’s four daughters died under mysterious circumstances.

 

Sarah Marie Tenery Nitcher
2 years old (27 months)
Rt. 1.
Waverly, Iowa
Bremer County
Date of Death: Wednesday, March 15, 1972

On March 15, 1972 — just two months after her 2-1/2-month-old sister Tammy’s death, 2-year-old Sarah Nitcher was found unresponsive in the family’s rural Waverly, Iowa home. The girl’s mother, Helen Nitcher, said she found Sarah “dead after a nap.”

 

Julie Benning

Homicide
Julie Ann Benning
18 YOA
Disappeared from Waverly, IA (Bremer County)
Body found in Shell Rock, IA (Butler County)
Case # 76-00382
November 28, 1975

Julie Ann Benning, 18, disappeared from Waverly, IA, the day after Thanksgiving on November 28, 1975. A Butler County road maintenance worker found her nude and decomposed body in a roadside ditch along a quiet country road about a mile northeast of Shell Rock on March 18, 1976.

 

Marie "Lisa" Peak

Marie “Lisa” Peak

Homicide
Marie”Lisa” Peak
19 YOA
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
September 7, 1976

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1976, the nude, beaten body of 19-year-old Marie “Lisa” Peak was found lying face down under a lone cottonwood tree in a ditch a quarter mile north of Waverly’s city limits. Peak had been sexually assaulted and died of suffocation and a broken neck.

 

Lyric Cook

Double Homicide
Lyric R. Cook
10 YOA
July 13, 2012: Went Missing from Meyers Lake
Evansdale, IA in Black Hawk County
Body Found in Seven Bridges Park in
Bremer County, December 5, 2012

Lyric R. Cook, 10, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8, were reported missing to the Evansdale Police Department in Evansdale, Iowa, on Friday, July 13, 2012. The girls’ bodies were discovered by hunters December 5, 2012, in Seven Bridges Park near Readlyn in Bremer County.

 

Elizabeth Collins

Double Homicide
Elizabeth J. Collins
8 YOA
July 13, 2012: Went Missing from Meyers Lake
Evansdale, IA in Black Hawk County
Body Found in Seven Bridges Park in
Bremer County, December 5, 2012

Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin, Lyric Cook, 10, were reported missing to the Evansdale Police Department in Evansdale, Iowa, on Friday, July 13, 2012. The girls’ bodies were discovered by hunters December 5, 2012, in Seven Bridges Park near Readlyn in Bremer County.

 

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