5 Lost Birthdays

On October 4, 2016, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

We all love celebrating birthdays, especially (these days) on Facebook. We send all sorts of good wishes, emojis of birthday cakes and big “Happy Birthday!” images, and tell our friends and loved ones we wish them another great or exciting or successful next year. When I last updated the ICC homepage, I couldn’t help but […]

Tell My Mom I’ll Be Right Back

On September 27, 2015, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog post is written by Julie Loose, sister of Iowa cold case victim Kim Loose, with additional comments from some of Kim’s other siblings. Kim, one of 10 siblings with nine still living at home in Blue Grass, Iowa, was just 16 when she died Sept. 26, 1986 from multiple injuries after leaving a friend’s […]

“I Can Remember…” A Guest Blog by Jennifer McCuddin

On October 1, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Intro by Iowa Cold Cases Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin Lisa McCuddin with her son Davontrez and daughter Markasia in early 2004. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 will mark a sorrowful milestone anniversary for one North Central Iowa family. It will represent 10 years since Lisa McCuddin — just four days shy of her 24th birthday — was shot […]

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 […]

A Family Responds to Arrest in Mary Jayne Jones Cold Case

On November 30, 2012, in Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Des Moines Register Mary Jayne Jones Late last week, I received an e-mail from Judith Cabanillas — one of two sisters of Iowa Cold Case victim Mary Jayne Jones. Judith wrote to thank us for including her sister on our site, and said she and her family “were in shock” when they learned […]

Black Friday for Families of Cold Case Victims

On November 23, 2012, in Anniversaries, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

To most people, Thanksgiving — as well as the big Black Friday shopping day that follows — is simply a welcome holiday and an opportunity to get great savings on big-ticket items or Christmas gifts. Offspring living in distant states or countries will often travel thousands of miles to celebrate the weekend-long occasion with parents […]

Eight Birthdays Gone: Ruth Kingery-Pohlmeier

On August 1, 2011, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Ruth “Ruthie” Kingery-Pohlmeier has already missed eight birthdays: the first one on August 1, 2004, and the eighth one today, August 1, 2011 — the day she would have turned 45 years old. The last birthday she’d celebrated was her 37th, and there would be no more. On Sunday evening, April 25, 2004, her body was […]

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 […]

Kimberly Ratliff: No Second Chances

On January 12, 2011, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

School had never come that easy to Kimberly Ratliff of Council Bluffs, Iowa, but she’d worked hard to keep up her grades in order to graduate. And, she’d done it — the first in her family to do so. Her post-graduation days, however, came with their own set of challenges, and somehow she found herself […]

Lisa McCuddin: A Week Full of Memories

On October 2, 2010, in Anniversaries, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

There’s no doubt this has got to be a very tough week for the McCuddin family. Six years ago today, 23-year-old Lisa Ann McCuddin — a young mother of two small children — was shot and killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle on its way to a Fort Dodge, Iowa, motel. Add […]