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 […]

Willis Hughes Memorial Fund Established

On May 2, 2014, in News, Solved, The Families, by Jody Ewing

We at Iowa Cold Cases would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Willis J. Hughes. Mr. Hughes, 45, was last seen in Davenport on December 21, 2013. His body was recovered from the Mississippi River on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. On Wednesday, April 30, Muscatine County Chief Deputy C.J. Ryan confirmed a […]

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 […]

Defrosting Cold Cases Nominated for ABA Journal Top Blawg

On December 11, 2013, in Miscellany, News, by Jody Ewing

For the past six years, the American Bar Association (ABA) has allowed the general public to vote on the year’s best-of-the-best blogs, zeroing in on a blogger’s dedication, creativity and engagement with readers. Now in its seventh year, the “blog-ranking rodeo” has polls open through the close of business on Dec. 20. Here’s where you […]

Ax Man Documentary to Premiere Monday

On June 7, 2013, in Anniversaries, News, by Jody Ewing

On Monday, June 10, Rockford, Ill. filmmaker Stuart Wahlin will premiere a new documentary about Iowa’s most notorious unsolved slayings — the Villisca Ax murders — to coincide with case’s 101st anniversary. The Ax Man Enigma: The real-life inspiration behind “Slay Utterly” will make its debut on Facebook. “Villisca is the most well-known in this […]

Former Employee Steals Iowa Nonprofit’s Intellectual Property, Markets Concept as Own, Dupes Attorney into Sending Nonprofit Cease and Desist

On August 6, 2012, in News, by Jody Ewing

An Editorial by Iowa Cold Cases Founder Jody Ewing Update Notice Re Defamation Claim, Aug. 9, 2012, 4:58 pm: The Legal Department of BlueHost.com — which provides hosting services for Iowa Cold Cases, Inc. — has graciously provided to us notice of a defamation claim filed by Ms. Bowers regarding the mention of her full […]

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 […]