Cold Case Arrests and Pending Trials

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Drew Mangler

Drew Mangler

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Drew Alan Mangler, 23, of Dubuque, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in James Remakel‘s death.

Remakel was found stabbed to death in his 606 South Riverview Street home in Bellevue, Iowa, on December 25, 2016.

On June 8, 2018, Mangler entered a “not guilty” written plea in the Iowa District Court for Jackson County. He currently is being held at the Jackson County Jail on a $1 million bond.

His trial date has yet to be scheduled.


Annette Cahill

Annette Cahill

Annette Dee Cahill, 55, of Tipton, was arrested Thursday, May 31, 2018, and charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Corey Wieneke, of West Liberty.

Wieneke, 22, was found bludgeoned to death on the bedroom floor of his rural West Liberty home on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1992. Wieneke’s fiancée, Jody Hotz, also of West Liberty, said she last saw him alive around 8:15 a.m. that morning and discovered his beaten body in his bedroom at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.

No trial date has yet been set.


Michael Lee Syperda

Michael Lee Syperda (Courtesy Quad-City Times)

On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, Michael Lee Syperda, 52, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Elizabeth Nicole Forshee-Syperda. “Liz” was 22 years old when she went missing from her Mount Pleasant, Iowa, apartment on July 16, 2000.

Her body has never been found or recovered.

Michael Syperda waived a jury trial and his bench trial began in Henry County on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, with closing arguments held Monday, May 7, 2018.

A June 25, 2018, hearing is scheduled for District Judge Mark Kruse to rule on the first-degree murder charge.


For information on recent trials and convictions, see the Iowa Cold Cases Solved page.

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