Des Moines County

Des Moines County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Des Moines County, Iowa

*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Des Moines 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.

 

Dorothy Miller

Dorothy Miller

Homicide
Dorothy H. Miller
48 YOA
118 Grand Street
Burlington, IA (Des Moines County)
Case # 69-00950
August 18, 1969

On Monday evening, August 18, 1969, 48-year-old Bolick Realty saleswoman Dorothy Miller was raped and stabbed 22 times when she went to show an unoccupied, two-story frame house at 118 Grand Street in Burlington, Iowa.


Mary Lange

Mary Lange

Homicide
Mary Bernice Lange
37 YOA
Long Creek
Rural Danville, IA
Des Moines County
Case # 70-01291
December 17, 1970

Mary Bernice Lange — engaged in a bitter divorce with her husband Marvin — was found dead nine miles west of Burlington on December 17, 1970. The 37-year-old mother of three had been struck several times in the head and left to drown in Long Creek, a mere 15-minute drive in a path that led directly back to the couple’s farm.


Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Cause of Death: Undetermined
Lisa Elaine Miller
15 YOA
Sullivan Slough Rd.
Burlington, IA (Des Moines County)
Last Seen Alive: October 7, 1977
Body found October 9, 1977
Est. Date of Death: October 8, 1977

On Sunday, Oct. 9, 1977, six days after her parents reported her as a runaway, Lisa Elaine Miller, 15, was found dead in a wooded area off lower Sullivan Slough Road near the Iowa Southern Utilities generating station 3-1/2 miles southeast of Burlington, Iowa. An autopsy ruled cause of death as undetermined.


James Harsch

James Harsch

Homicide
James A. Harsch
31 YOA
Burlington, IA (Des Moines County)
Case # 78-03075
May 13, 1978

On May 13, 1978, the Burlington Police Department received a call and discovered the badly decomposed body of James A. Harsch in his trailer.

 


Audrey Dill

Audrey Dill

Missing Person
Audrey Dill
Age at Report: 32
Incident Type: Involuntary disappearance
Missing From: Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
Missing Since: August 18, 1978

Audrey Dill was reported missing to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office in Burlington, Iowa, on August 18, 1978. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blouse.


Missing Person
Crystal Leann Steward
Age at Report: 11
DOB: June 11, 1989
Weight: 135 lbs.
Height: 5’08”
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Sex: Female
Incident Type: Juvenile
Missing From: Burlington, IA
Des Moines County (jurisdiction)
Missing Since: May 8, 2001

Crystal Steward was reported missing to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office in Burlington, Iowa, on May 8, 2001. She was last seen wearing a black jersey with the number 10 on it, black jogging pants and white Adidas tennis shoes.


Homicide
Terry Lee Page
36 YOA
1205 Franklin Street
Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
Investigating Agency: Burlington Police Department
June 25, 2013

Terry Lee Page, 36, of Burlington, Iowa, was shot and killed outside his 1205 Franklin Street residence on the edge of North Hill in the early morning hours Tuesday, June 25, 2013.


Steven Leasure

Steven Leasure

Missing Person
Steven Ray “Stevie” Leasure
Age at Report: 52
Weight: 200 lbs.
Height: 5’10”
Race: White
Hair: Unknown or Completely Bald
Eyes: Blue
Sex: Male
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Case Number: 15-15321
NamUs MP Number: 29265
Missing From: Burlington, Iowa
Des Moines County
Investigating Agency: Burlington Police Department
Missing Since: May 2, 2015

Steven Leasure, 52, was reported missing to the Burlington Police Department in Burlington, Iowa, on May 02, 2015. He was last seen riding his blue GT bicycle, which was found June 9, 2015. The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety have classified Leasure’s disappearance as “Endangered / Physical,” meaning a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety is in danger.

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