Clay County in Iowa

Clay County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Clay County, Iowa


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


Louis Dayton

Special Deputy Louis H. Dayton
57 YOA
Behind the Hallett Building
Spencer, IA
Clay County
March 20, 1929

Deputy Louis H. Dayton, 57, was collecting evidence behind the Hallett Building in Spencer, Iowa, regarding illegal liquor manufacturing when he was attacked and beaten on Wednesday, March 20, 1929. Deputy Dayton managed to return to the rooming house where he stayed, and succumbed to his injuries about two hours later. His assailant was never apprehended.

Mervin Walvatne

Mervin Walvatne

Missing Person:
Mervin Leo Walvatne
Age at Report: 53 YOA
Missing From: Spencer, IA (Clay County)
Missing Since: July 18, 1990

Mervin Walvatne was reported missing to the Spencer, IA, Police Department by his sister on December 16, 1990. Walvatne’s sister, who lives in Spencer, became concerned after not seeing her brother since July 18. They’d previously had regular phone contact.

One Response to Clay County

  1. Teresa Handy says:

    prayers with family, I hope they get some resolution of what happen to Mervin

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