Henry County in Iowa

Henry County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Henry County, Iowa


Missing Person/Declared Dead
Harold Orville Doerring
Age at Report: 66
DOB: March 14, 1930
Weight: 200 lbs.
Height: 5’11″
Race: White
Hair: Brown/gray balding
Eyes: Blue
Incident Type: Disability – physical / mental
RootsWeb ID: I037422
Reported Missing in Decorah, IA, Winneshiek County
Death Listed in Henry County, south of Mount Pleasant
Missing Since: February 16, 1997

Sixty-six-year-old Harold Doerring was reported missing to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office in Decorah, Iowa, on February 16, 1997. Authorities found Harold Doerring’s truck abandoned on Highway 218 south of Mount Pleasant in Henry County on February 23, 1997. When they tried to contact him about the vehicle but could not find him, they discovered no one had seen Doerring since February 16 in Cedar Falls.


Elizabeth Forshee-Syperda

Elizabeth Forshee-Syperda

Missing Person — Homicide Suspected
Elizabeth Nicole Forshee-Syperda
Age at Report: 22
Missing From: Mount Pleasant, IA (Henry County)
Missing Since: July 16, 2000

Elizabeth “Liz” Forshee-Syperda was last seen by her roommate at their East Madison Street apartment in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, at 10:30 p.m. on July 16, 2000, when the roommate left to go to work. When the roommate returned at 4 a.m., Liz was gone, though she did not have access to a car and all her personal belongings were left behind. Note: On Nov. 30, 2017, Liz’s estranged husband, Michael Lee Syperda, was taken into custody in the area of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on an arrest warrant issued out of a Grand Jury True Bill Indictment for the crime of Murder in the First Degree. Syperda will be extradited back to the State of Iowa.


Jackie Douthart

Jackie Douthart

Jackie Douthart
24 YOA
Old Highway 34
Mount Pleasant, IA
Henry County
May 22, 2011

Jackie Douthart, 24, went missing on May 22, 2011 from Mount Pleasant. She was last seen by Benjamin Biggs, who was termed “a person of interest” in her disappearance. Biggs killed himself about a month later following a high-speed chase and standoff with police in Quincy, Illinois. Jackie’s skeletal remains were found in March 2012 near the border between Henry and Jefferson counties.

2 Responses to Henry County

  1. Linda kinnison says:

    How do you get a cold case opened, if one of the murders got off with a jury, one can be trialed, one turned state evidence and served I think 20 years..it is about the 2 brothers that were shot and killed in their home in Oct. of 1982 …Mt. Pleasant Iowa..Linda K. Kinnison one of the brothers was my daughters dad

  2. hawkeyejt says:

    Mike & Gary Anderson were murdered north of Mt. Pleasant. Two were tried but acquitted.

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