Tama County

Tama County in Iowa

Cold Cases in Tama County, Iowa



Unknown Baby

Unknown Baby

Name: Unknown Baby Boy
Age: 2-3 hours old
Hair: Blonde
Weight: 8 pounds
Crime Scene: Found along Highway 30
City: Tama, Iowa
County: Tama County
Date: June 11, 1952

Construction crew foreman V.C. Anderman of Hazelton, Iowa, found a box 350 feet east of the Raven Creek bridge along Highway 30 in Tama on June 11, 1952,  and after untying the cord around the box and dumping it out, was horrified to find a newborn baby boy wrapped in newspapers.

Foul Play Suspected
Helen Mae Bown
61 YOA
Iowa River in Tama County
Marshalltown/Le Grand, IA
Marshall and Tama Counties
Last Seen Alive: October 2, 1973
Reported Missing: October 7, 1973
Body Found: October 31, 1973

Mrs. Helen Mae Bown — a 61-year-old widow who resided in Marshalltown, Iowa — was last seen alive in her Marshalltown, Iowa, home on Monday, Oct. 2, 1973, and reported missing on Sunday, Oct. 7. Three weeks later on Wednesday afternoon, October 31, state agents discovered her body in the Iowa River in Tama County about seven miles east of Marshalltown and two miles northeast of Le Grand.

Cora Ann Okonski

Cora Ann Okonski
23 YOA
Tama, IA
Tama County
April 16, 2000

Cora Ann Okonski was last seen at her Tama, Iowa residence at approximately 9 p.m. on April 16, 2000. She lived with her young son, Austin, and her fiance, Tait Otis Purk, to whom she’d planned to marry the following month. On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, a multi-agency law enforcement task force ruled her case a homicide.

Rita J. Papakee

Rita J. Papakee

Missing Person
Rita Janelle Papakee
Age at Report: 41
DOB: June 1, 1973
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Incident Type: Other adult missing
Missing From: Tama, IA
Tama County
Missing Since: January 16, 2015

Rita Papakee was reported missing to the Meskwaki Nation Police in Tama, Iowa, on January 16, 2015, and they are asking for assistance in locating her. Papakee was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, and her whereabouts after she left the casino are unknown.

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