Police Sgt. Writes about Missing Brother

On January 10, 2016, in Guest Blogs, Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Ottumwa Police Sergeant Mark Milligan shares an open letter to the public on Facebook about his missing brother, Harry Milligan, 21, who went missing from Albia in Monroe County, Iowa, on July 1, 1984. Harry’s disappearance is classified as “Involuntary” and foul play is suspected. By Mark Milligan PLEASE SHARE ….I Think with the New Year […]

Which first? The good news or bad news?

On September 29, 2013, in Letters, Miscellany, by Jody Ewing

Okay, I’ll make it easy. The bad news comes first, because I believe bad news should always be followed by something good. The bad news: On my home desktop computer (a Mac Mini), I’ve lost all emails dated between early evening Sept. 12 thru Sept. 26. Yup. Two weeks’ worth. I “had” received and even […]

Man Sends Message to Missing Brother

On December 17, 2012, in Guest Blogs, Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

In today’s guest blog, we include here a letter written by one man in search of his missing brother. The writer, Mark Rolfe, acknowledges that his brother, Lee Allan Rolfe, does have a record, but Mark Rolfe’s health is failing and he is sincere in wanting to locate his brother or find out what happened […]

Somebody Knows Something

On January 8, 2012, in Events, Letters, by Jody Ewing

Somebody knows something. They always do. Yet, people still fear coming forward with what they know, even when they realize it could very well help solve an unsolved murder. Did you ever wonder why they remain silent? We asked our readers last May, and the answers might surprise you. Our poll results, based on the […]

A Special Guest Blog: When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

On October 30, 2011, in Anniversaries, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog is written by Shannon Salmons, mother to 6-year-old cold case victim Jaymie Grahlman. Today, Jaymie — called ‘sis’ by her brothers and her mother — would have celebrated her 15th birthday. Below is a letter Shannon wrote to her daughter, followed by a poem chosen as a memorial. If You Were Still […]

Our Dearest Corey – A Very Special Tribute

On October 24, 2011, in Anniversaries, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today, on the 8th anniversary of the day 30-year-old Corey Poffenberger left many lives, we have two very special tributes written by his family. The first tribute is written by Corey’s mother, Cindy Poffenberger, and the second by Corey’s sister, Kelli Sims. They have shared with us not only their heartfelt and moving memorials, but […]

Don’t Let Iowa’s Cold Case Unit Fade From Existence

On October 18, 2011, in Letters, by Eileen Meier

(This piece was published in the Des Moines Register on October 18, 2011.) The funding for the Iowa Cold Case Unit, established with a $500,000 National Institute of Justice grant and $194,000 federal Community Oriented Policing Service grant, is due to expire in November, and with it my hopes that the unit would be given […]

Appeal to “Anonymous” writer

On January 7, 2011, in Letters, by Jody Ewing

To the individual who recently submitted an anonymous comment via Iowa Cold Cases’ former blog on Blogspot: I have respected your wishes and the comment has not been published there or on our current blog here at WordPress. You mentioned that you felt I would know how to reach you, though I do not. You […]

A ‘Thank You’ from Eugene Martin’s cousin

On July 30, 2010, in Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

With permission, I am posting here a recent e-mail received from Eugene Martin’s cousin, Vickie Martin. I am the cousin of Eugene Martin. His father Don is the younger brother of my father, David. I just wanted to say thank you for keeping this case in the eye of the public. I know that there […]

A Mother Remembers her Daughter

On April 5, 2010, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, Letters, The Families, by Jody Ewing

I asked Shannon Salmons — the mother of 6-year-old murder victim Jaymie Grahlman — if she’d like to write a guest blog on the anniversary of the fire that claimed her only daughter’s life. The following is Shannon’s post. ——————– Remembering My Daughter, Jaymie Grahlman by Shannon Salmons Jaymie was the sweetest little girl that […]