Mills County

Mills County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Mills County, Iowa



Brianne Smith

Brianne Smith

Brianne Smith
25 YOA
Disappeared from Omaha, NE
Body found in roadside ditch
Glenwood, IA
Mills County
June 10, 2006

Brianne Smith, 25, disappeared from Omaha, Neb., in April 2006. Her body was discovered in a Mills County, Iowa, roadside ditch west of Glenwood on June 10, 2006. She had been dead for three to 10 weeks. Authorities believe her death is connected to that of Debra Ann Barajas, also of Omaha.

Debra Barajas

Debra Ann Barajas
44 YOA
Disappeared from: Omaha, NE
Date Went Missing: May 25, 2006
Remains found in 54300 block of 195th Street
Pacific Junction, IA, near Glenwood
Mills County (jurisdiction)
Remains Found: November 14, 2006

Debra (Debbie) Ann Barajas was last seen the afternoon of May 25, 2006, heading to the Omaha vicinity of Park Avenue and Leavenworth in Omaha, Neb. Her remains were found six months later in a Mills County farm field near Pacific Junction and Glenwood, Iowa.

Please Note: Malvern resident Charles Shamblen was found dead outside Malvern’s city limits in December 1936 and his murder fell under the jurisdiction of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. A former Iowa Cold Cases volunteer added Mr. Shamblen’s case to this website, but on February 19, 2013, Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos confirmed Mr. Shamblen’s case was not an unsolved homicide. Therefore, Charles Shamblen’s case has been removed from this site.

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One Response to Mills County

  1. James Anglen says:

    The sheriff department does not have the forensic ability to conduct proper supsious deaths let alone possible murders. And have failed to call in proper people to do so because of financial reasons. It’s a shame people have gotten away with murder because of someone or somebody’s decided the cost of having a forensic team come do the investigation. I have lost a friend to her husband a former deputy reserve murdered her and got away with it. Also during the period when two body’s of females murder victims was found . a long time after word’s I reported a possible grave site. Hower I was being charged with theft of none value wire to the railroad. Which I was not convicted of. No efforts were took to locate grave or bring in a cadaver dog or proper people to attempt to investigation my story. James Eugene anglen

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