Guthrie County in Iowa

Guthrie County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Guthrie County, Iowa

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


Alonzo Beghtel

Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel
81 YOA
Guthrie Center, IA
Guthrie County
January 18, 1950

On Wednesday, January 18, 1950, the body of Alonzo “Lon” Beghtel — a retired farmer who lived alone in a one-room shack on Guthrie Center’s south side — was discovered near his house at the end of a 200-foot trail of blood. In his hand he clutched 9 dollars. Beghtel died of a severe beating.


Roscoe Donnel Harris
46 YOA
RR Casey (Guthrie County)
Case # 63-00639
July 6, 1963

On July 6, 1963, 46-year-old Roscoe Donnel Harris was shot in the left chest with a single shot .22 caliber rifle.


Lillian Randolph

Lillian Elizabeth Randolph
56 YOA
Guthrie Center, IA (Guthrie County)
Case # 65-00598
May 2, 1965

On May 2, 1965, Lillian Elizabeth Randolph was reported missing from her farm home near Guthrie Center. On May 11, 1965, her body was found in the trunk of her car at the Des Moines Municipal Airport.


Floyd William Alborn
76 YOA
Panora, Iowa (Guthrie County)
Case # 74-00550
November 8, 1974

On November 8, 1974, Floyd William Alborn was found dead in his home by his sister. Alborn had died of a gunshot wound.


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