Helping Catch Bad Guys

On June 10, 2016, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

 Ron Novak’s unsolved 1983 murder was one  of more than 50 cases featured by the Iowa  Newspaper Association and participating  newspapers across the state. The past, present, and future are inexorably linked, and nowhere has that been more clear than in the last year during our partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and its […]

A Partnership in Crime

On July 31, 2015, in Events, Media, News, by Jody Ewing

In Casablanca, Rick says to Louie, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” This week, I’m grateful to see the beginnings of a beautiful partnership that first took root in April and produced its first blooms Sunday. The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) have partnered for a new weekly project […]

Guest Blog Book Review on Cold Case Research

On April 25, 2014, in Guest Blogs, Media, Resources, by Jody Ewing

Jack Weakley, a cold case analyst with the Tulsa Police Department’s Cold Case Squad, passed along a cold case book review he thought might be of interest to our readers. “The book contains a detailed description of tools that might be of help to cold case investigators who are not familiar with them,” he said. […]

Cedar Rapids Police Seeking Tipster in Michelle Martinko Case

On April 10, 2014, in Media, News, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

According to a Cedar Rapids Police Department Media Release dated April 10, 2014, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting additional assistance from a Linn County Crime Stoppers tipster who provided investigators with information about the December 1979 Michelle Martinko homicide. On December 16, 2013, the police department received information from an individual that led investigators to a […]

Nancy Grace to Feature Jodi Huisentruit on “Missing in America”

On February 23, 2011, in Media, Missing Persons, News, by Jody Ewing

HLN’s “Nancy Grace: Missing in America” will feature the disappearance of Mason City anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit on tonight’s program. The episode will air at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time. In an e-mail sent to Iowa Cold Cases, Nancy Grace’s staff recommended the following link to share with ICC readers: Read the Jodi Huisentruit Case Summary […]

The WHO-TV Iowa Cold Case Series: Enough? Or Barely Scratched the Surface?

On February 19, 2011, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

I can’t begin to tell you how enjoyable it has been working with Channel 13′s Aaron Brilbeck over the past 7-1/2 months and witnessing the dedication he’s brought to telling the stories behind many Iowa cold cases. To regularly interview family members who’ve lost loved ones to violent crime can be a daunting job. It […]

Tonight at 10: Julie Bell Davis

On August 19, 2010, in Media, News, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

As part of the ongoing “Cold Case Thursdays” series, WHO-TV Channel 13’s Aaron Brilbeck will report tonight on the unsolved August 1997 Julie Bell Davis slaying. Davis, a 33-year-old Marion, Iowa, mother of two, was found August 28, 1997, in the Skyline Display’s satellite office in east downtown Des Moines where she worked. Her throat […]

Cold Case Thursdays on WHO-TV Channel 13

On July 23, 2010, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

All this month, WHO-TV Channel 13 in Des Moines has been profiling Iowa Cold Cases during July sweeps. The NBC affiliate’s Aaron Brilbeck crossed the state to interview victims’ family members as well as law enforcement officials who have dedicated countless hours in search of justice for victims and families alike. For those who may […]

Behind the Scenes: A look inside the DCI’s laboratories

On March 4, 2010, in Media, News, by Jody Ewing

In part two of her series, KCRG TV-9’s Ashley Hinson spoke with law enforcement from all around eastern Iowa and went inside the DCI laboratories in Ankeny, where they conduct DNA analysis, look at fingerprints and break down bullets — all in the name of trying to solve cases gone cold. This piece aired on […]

KCRG Features Iowa Cold Cases as part of series

On March 3, 2010, in Media, News, by Jody Ewing

Many thanks go out to KCRG-TV 9 (Cedar Rapids) Anchor/Reporter Ashley Hinson, who recently wrapped up a series on Iowa cold cases and took the time to meet with ICC’s Ms. Bowers. Cold Cases: Gone But Not Forgotten, Part I is the first in Ashley’s series and is a testament to the struggles and successes […]