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 […]

Jane Wakefield: The Bits and Pieces of a 35-year-old Mystery

On September 5, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

This cold case “Anniversary” blog post was written by an ICC volunteer using the material from Jody Ewing’s Case Summary on Jane Wakefield. Every year, scientific methods at DCI labs advance significantly. Cases once thought to be colder than cold now have a chance for resolution. The tiniest amount of DNA, fabric, or hair can […]

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 […]

10 Years Missing: Elizabeth Forshee-Syperda

On July 17, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Rewards, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

On July 17, 2000 — 10 years ago today — 22-year-old Mount Pleasant resident Elizabeth “Liz” Nicole Forshee-Syperda disappeared from her East Madison Street apartment sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. She left behind all her belongings and never claimed her last paycheck or accessed her bank account again. Her roommate — who was at […]

Have You Seen Erin Pospisil?

On June 3, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Nine years ago today, Erin Kay Pospisil vanished without a trace from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 15-year-old Metro High School freshman was last seen getting into a dark-colored Chevrolet Cavalier with tinted rear windows in the 100 block of 12th Street SE on Sunday, June 3, 2001. Although Erin’s friends didn’t recognize the car, Erin seemed to […]

Barbara Lealyn Lenz: Gone Without a Trace?

On May 6, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Twenty-one years ago today, 31-year-old Barbara Lealyn Lenz vanished without a trace from her Woodbine, Iowa apartment. She’d said she was going to visit an old boyfriend in Omaha that afternoon, but never arrived. At the time of Lenz’s disappearance, her mother was hospitalized in Missouri Valley with pneumonia and Lenz visited her every day. […]

Have You Seen Marc James Allen?

On March 29, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Twenty-four years ago today — the day before Easter — Marc James-Warren Allen became the third Des Moines, Iowa paperboy to vanish without a trace. Johnny Gosch, 12, of West Des Moines disappeared September 5, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Eugene Martin vanished from Des Moines’ south side just two years later on August 12, 1984, under very similar circumstances. […]

This week’s Cold Case anniversaries

On November 16, 2009, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Sometimes, I must admit, it’s just downright difficult hunting down information on a specific cold case. Despite the number of online search engines and newspaper archives, some cases, it seems, are just plain elusive. I’ve been dealing with that problem with one of today’s cold case anniversaries — that of Becky Palmer — killed 19 […]

More Missing Persons

On June 12, 2009, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

It’s been a busy week with the Iowa Cold Cases website, and 12 additional victims — all missing persons — now have pages up with case details. When one mentions missing persons in Iowa, most people usually cite those with which they’re familiar: Jodi Huisentruit, Johnny Gosch, Eugene Martin. Here are some other names worth […]

Have you seen Helen Kelly?

On May 18, 2009, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Helen J. Kelly, 83, was reported missing to the Sioux City Police Department four years ago today on May 18, 2005. When Mrs. Kelly’s husband awoke that morning, he discovered she was missing and reported her as a missing person that afternoon. Mrs. Kelly left behind her purse and had not mentioned plans to travel anywhere. […]