The Cases – Homicides (1930 – 1939)

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The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from 1930 – 1939, and are listed in chronological order. If you know of a case not listed here or have information you’d like included with an existing page, please contact us with relevant details and we’ll respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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Virgil Untied Virgil P. Untied, Town Marshal
33 YOA
Minburn, IA
Dallas County
July 27, 1931
Ashley Downing Ashley Downing
77 YOA
Westgate, IA
Fayette County
January 4, 1933
Nels Louvring Nels P. Louvring
51 YOA
315 Water Street
Fayette, IA
Fayette County
July 29, 1933
Charles Englehart gravestone Charles Englehart
70 YOA
700 blk of Main St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
September 22, 1935
Robert Lee Ruby Robert Lee Ruby
54 YOA
Bidwell Coal Mine
Blakesburg, IA
Wapello County
January 11, 1936

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One Response to Homicides – 1930s

  1. Jody Ewing says:

    Please Note: Malvern resident Charles Shamblen was found dead outside Malvern’s city limits in December 1936 and his murder fell under the jurisdiction of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. A former Iowa Cold Cases volunteer added Mr. Shamblen’s case to this website, but on February 19, 2013, Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos confirmed Mr. Shamblen’s case was not an unsolved homicide. Therefore, Charles Shamblen’s case summary information has been removed from this site.

    While we understand loss and the historical interest/significance of each and every Iowa homicide, our website’s primary goal has always been — and remains — focused on providing case summaries for unsolved Iowa murders.

    Jody Ewing
    Iowa Cold Cases Administrator

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