7 Days, 14 Anniversaries

On October 23, 2016, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, Missing Persons, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

Cold case anniversaries are always tough. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the anniversary of a loved one’s unsolved homicide, a birthday he or she would have celebrated, or even the date the body may have been found. The most important lesson I’ve learned in my years writing about cold cases is that it doesn’t matter […]

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 […]

From the Mighty Mo to the Mississippi: Aug. 3-7 Marks 12 Unsolved Cases

On August 8, 2014, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Murder Trials, by Jody Ewing

The years spanned more than a century — from 1886 to 2013 — but five days this month marked a dozen departures from many loved one’s lives. On August 3, 1886, prohibitionist preacher George C. Haddock was shot dead in Sioux City, Iowa, after leaving his buggy at a local stable. Just four years earlier, Iowa voters had […]

Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman

On August 12, 2013, in Missing Persons, Young Women, by Kerry Connolly

FOUND MISSING PERSON – UPDATE Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman   Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman 17 YOA Grimes, IA Polk County August 2, 2013   Julie Brianne Roach-Lindeman had been missing since August 2, 2013. She was found early this morning, August 13, 2013. Her mother, Denise Roach, contacted Iowa Cold Cases at 5am to let us know […]

Linked by Lost Lives: Eugene Martin, Dennis Clougherty and Helen Morrow

On August 12, 2013, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Dennis Clougherty. Helen Morrow. Eugene Martin. Three victims, three lives gone, and one shared date families can’t forget: August 12. Twenty-three-year-old Dennis Clougherty was a Vietnam vet preparing to start graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Helen Morrow, 55, surely never imagined her fate when offering employment to a hired hand. And Eugene Martin, only […]

Remembering Valentine’s Day Victims

On February 14, 2013, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Valentine’s Day for most people is a time to celebrate romance, exchange heart-shaped cards and enjoy gifts of decadent chocolate or long-stemmed roses. For four Iowa families, however, it’s a painful reminder of a loved one’s murder or unsolved disappearance, and it hasn’t gotten any easier as the years have passed. Today we pay tribute […]

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 […]

Missed Moments

On October 18, 2011, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

All were young. They should have been just getting settled into careers, raising children, discovering challenges and rewards that accompany adulthood. Instead, they all went missing under mysterious circumstances, leaving in the wake families still left wondering what happened to their loved ones. Richard Neil Forsyth was only 27 when he disappeared October 18, 1979. […]

Ronette Peterson: Alone, Unknown, Unsolved

On May 7, 2011, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

She’d been just 17 when she lost her mother in 1981. The following year, her 52-year-old father died at the Madrid Home for the Aging. Perhaps the young Ronette (Peterson) Burton wanted to leave the past behind. Some time in the mid-eighties, Peterson, 22, left her Madrid, Iowa, home for unknown locations in Georgia and […]

Johnny Gosch Featured Tonight on “Nancy Grace: Missing In America”

On March 2, 2011, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Nancy Grace’s CNN series “Missing in America” will feature tonight missing Des Moines paperboy Johnny Gosch, who disappeared September 5, 1982 after leaving his Des Moines home to deliver newspapers. Grace’s episode will air at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on the HLN Network. See: http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/01/johnny-gosch-nancy-grace-americas-missing/