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 […]

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 […]

Maureen Farley: Did her killer have a conscience?

On September 21, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

As the eldest of seven siblings, Maureen Brubaker would babysit for her six younger siblings whenever their parents, David and Mary Ann Brubaker of Sioux City, Iowa, decided to go out. David and Mary Ann knew what a challenge that job could be, but always told the children they’d make it worth their while if […]

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 […]

The Puzzling Death of Jared Parks

On May 11, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

One year ago today, 18-year-old Jared Andrews Parks was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa. He’d been run over by at least two semi tractor-trailers, and troopers believe a third truck may also have run over the teen. Investigators never found Jared’s cell phone, and his wallet, […]

Ruth Kingery-Pohlmeier: Can a Family Find Justice a Second Time?

On April 25, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Ruth Ann Kingery-Pohlmeier had an abundant smile and zest for life, always looking to find the good in all who crossed paths with her. Her trusting heart may have been what led to her death. On Sunday evening, April 25, 2004, her body was found wrapped in a blanket next to the AMF Des Moines Lanes […]

Today’s anniversaries: George Geary and Angela Hennes

On January 13, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

Today marks another two cold case anniversaries: that of George Geary in Des Moines and Angela Hennes in Scott County. George Geary, 40, was shot to death about 1:30 a.m. on January 13, 1963, during a robbery at his M & H service station at Keosauqua Way and Crocker St. in Des Moines. A total […]

Cold Case Anniversary: Patricia Jauron

On May 26, 2009, in Anniversaries, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

Eleven Years Ago Today … Patricia Anne Jauron, 45, was stabbed to death at her former residence at 1516 Old Highway 141 just outside of Sioux City, Iowa. Patricia and her husband, Gene, had moved out of the house about six months earlier and into a house across the road at 1541 Old Highway 141. […]

Law Enforcement Officials offer Rewards in Two Iowa Cold Cases

On February 17, 2009, in Rewards, by Jody Ewing

In the past week, officials from two separate Iowa counties offered rewards for information on two unsolved western Iowa homicides. On February 10, Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman announced a $5,000 reward in the case of 21-year-old Connie Ruddy, who disappeared from her Ida Grove home on Feb. 10, 1997, and whose jawbone was found […]

Please Support Iowa House Study Bill 660

On February 24, 2008, in Rewards, by Jody Ewing

This used to be a home. That was before copper thieves came in the night and cut propane lines and let it fill with gas to later explode with a man inside. That man was my stepfather, Earl Thelander. My grandparents used to live here. After my grandfather died, my folks purchased the rural home […]