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*Please Note: The cases listed below are within Iowa 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.
May 7, 1911
Frank Searaway, 43, disappeared from his rural Millersburg, Iowa, home on or around Sunday, May 7, 1911. On July 9, neighbors found Searaway buried in his stable with three bullet holes in his head and his skull crushed in. The sheriff and coroner believed Searaway was most likely killed after a robbery.
Karen Theresa Streed
Amana, IA (Iowa County)
Case # 71-00703
October 24, 1971
On October 24, 1971, Karen Theresa Streed was found dead in a canal located between West Amana and South Amana on Highway 220.
Rose Burkert, 22, and Roger Atkison, 32, both of St. Joseph, Missouri, were brutally slain in a motel room at the Amana Holiday Inn in Williamsburg, Iowa in Iowa County on Friday, Sept. 12, 1980. A motel housekeeper discovered the bodies about 1 p.m. on Saturday when the occupants missed the noon checkout deadline.
William Francis Rogers
Age At Report: 46
Missing From: North English, IA (Iowa and Keokuk Counties)
Missing Since: February 25, 2001
William Rogers was last seen at his residence in North English, Iowa, during the evening hours of February 25, 2001. His home burned down during the night and he has not been seen since. He is also listed as missing with the Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse.
Steven M. Babka
Age at Report: 58
Weight: 240 lbs.
Incident Type: Other adult missing
Missing From: Marengo, Iowa County
Reported Missing: June 6, 2012
Last Seen Alive: May 25, 2012
Steven Babka, a 58-year-old homeless man who lived in a tent near the Iowa River on the outskirts of Marengo, Iowa, has not been seen since May 25, 2012. He was reported missing to the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office in Marengo on June 6, 2012. He has a tattoo on his upper right arm and a tattoo on his head. Mr. Babka has a scar near his right eye and a scar on his right forearm.