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*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Fayette 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.
January 4, 1933
Ashley Downing, a 77-year-old Iowa farmer, was killed by a shotgun blast to the head in his rural Westgate home in Fayette County, Iowa, on January 4, 1933, in what officials called a robbery/homicide.
Nels Pedersen Louvring
315 Water Street
July 29, 1933
Sometime between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 1933, Nels Pedersen Louvring, 51, was shot at his Fayette, Iowa home shortly after arriving home from work. Louvring, owner of Dixie Oil Co. (aka Nels Louvring Filling Station), left the filling station at approximately 11 p.m. He parked his car in the family’s 315 Water Street garage, and was shot just as he was leaving the garage.
Layne Edward Schneider
Echo Road and 180th Street
January 22, 2013
Layne Edward Schneider, 22, of Elgin, Iowa, was found burning in another individual’s pickup about one and one-half miles from his home early morning Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Layne’s family believes he was murdered.