Clayton County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Clayton County, Iowa



Brian Dietrich

Brian Dietrich

Brian Dietrich
30 YOA
Garnavillo, IA (Clayton County)
Reported Missing October 30, 1993
Found dead on Indian Isle south of McGregor, IA
Memorial Day, May 30, 1994

On October 30, 1993, Brian Dietrich of rural Garnavillo, IA — the son of [then] Clayton County Sheriff Verdean Dietrich — made a trip across the Mississippi River to Prairie du Chien, Wis., to hang out at the Schooner Bar with his girlfriend and her brothers. At some point during the evening, one of the brothers struck Dietrich after a scuffle. The 30-year-old Dietrich headed home, walking toward the bridge connecting Prairie du Chien with Clayton County, Iowa, but never made it. On Memorial Day weekend, 1994, a seasonal cabin dweller on the Mississippi River’s Indian Isle discovered Dietrich’s body washed up on the shore, still fully clothed and lying face down in the sand.


8 Responses to Clayton County

  1. KK says:

    I would be interested to hear more information about what happened to Eugene Behrend of Millville. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest in 1994 and going through Clayton County Register Archives, it appears there were suits between immediate family members that talked about threatening each other and other harmful behavior. It had been rumored in the area that a close family member (or person hired by a family member) had shot him over some sort of disagreement, which by the looks of it may have been related to land or a family farm. A grand jury met in 1995 and did not indict anyone on the murder charge.

  2. Jean says:

    Any new word on Lee Rolfe missing persons?

  3. Dana Jenson says:

    What about Richard Bond Homicide

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Dana, I’d read that Richard Bond’s autopsy reportedly indicated a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but I’ve contacted Sheriff Tschirgi asking for confirmation as to whether the death was ruled a suicide or homicide. Will get back to you once I hear from his office. All best, Jody

      • Ping Pong says:

        I dont think youll find any answers there. Other than clayton county having the most corrupt police force ive ever dealt with, there have NEVER, not even once solved one homicide, so being as they have no concience nor one entire working brain between the 100+ people working there, they find it much easier to just leave things as they are, and go for donuts and a cup of coffee. Dont take my word for it though, please let me know me know what becomes of your inquiry. I notice this post hasnt been added to since Feb. 15th though. . .

        • L J says:

          I’m going argue that Fayette County is the worst and most corrupt. It sure looks like they go out of their way to cover up murders so they don’t have to investigate, Layne Schneider, was beat to death in his own home, Josh Brayton shot dead in his driveway and Kaiden Estling, killed by a hit and run driver.

        • ABC says:

          you’re spare parts bud.

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