The Cases – Homicides (1970 – 1979)

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The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from 1970 – 1979, 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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Charles Gearhart gravestoneCharles Gearhart
89 YOA
422 First St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
May 13, 1970
Paula OberbroecklingPaula Oberbroeckling
18 YOA
116 10th St. N.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
July 11, 1970
mary-lange-iowa-hawkeye-165pxMary Bernice Lange
37 YOA
Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
Case # 70-01291
December 17, 1970
Judith HaeckerJudith Haecker
18 YOA
202 E. 15th St.
Davenport, IA
Case # 1971-10031
March 6, 1971
Kenneth Bouzard
Kenneth M. Bouzard
53 YOA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 71-00481
April 23, 1971
valerie-peterson-165pxValerie Peterson
8 YOA
Hit and Run
Manson, IA
Calhoun County
May 6, 1971
Valerie KlossowskyValerie Klossowsky
14 YOA
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
Case # 71-00549
June 13, 1971
Ross McConnell gravestoneRoss R. McConnell
47 YOA
1604 Tichenor St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1971-29236
June 26, 1971
Maureen FarleyMaureen (Brubaker) Farley
17 YOA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
September 21, 1971
Karen StreedKaren Streed
21 YOA
Amana, IA
Iowa County
Case # 71-00703
October 18, 1971
Unidentified White Male
33-53 YOA
Correctionville, IA
Woodbury County
Found: Aug. 30, 1988
Died: 1971-73
Edwin Jacobs gravestoneEdwin H. Jacobs
55 YOA
Ike’s Peak
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
January 2, 1972
Shawna Johnson gravestoneShawna M. Johnson
2 years old
1336 18th Street
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
January 4, 1972
Tammy R. Nitcher
2-1/2 months old
Rt. 1
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
January 7, 1972
Edward SchmidtEdward A. Schmidt
85 YOA
506 High Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA
Mahaska County
January 13, 1972
Don Jeys gravestoneDon Jeys Sr.
64 YOA
700 Blk West 5th St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 18, 1972
des-moines-logo-165px
Tommy Morris

1800 blk Des Moines St.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1972-15347
March 9, 1972
Sarah M. Nitcher
2 years old
Rt. 1
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
March 15, 1972
lynn-schuller-165pxLynn Schuller
25 YOA
3100 30th St. Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids
Linn County
August 6, 1972
Carl A. Brunen
81 YOA
Ryan, IA
Delaware County
Case # 72-00427
November 8, 1972
des-moines-logo-165px Roy Madison
69 YOA
223 Raccoon St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1972-87405
December 18, 1972
David Morris, 68
Morris Foods
2550 Maury Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1973-12106
February 22, 1973
Sarah-Ann-Ottens-165pxSarah Ann Ottens
20 YOA
Univ. of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Case # 73-00179
March 13, 1973
Maria YbanezMaria Ybanez
16 YOA
Davenport, IA
New Liberty, IA
Scott County
June 13, 1973
Janet LaFratte gravestoneJanet LaFratte
35 YOA
Norwalk, IA
Warren County
Case # 73-00272
June 20, 1973
Judith PleasJudith Pleas
17 YOA
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # MP-73-226
August 10, 1973
Ernest Lilly, Sr. tombstone Ernest H. Lilly Sr.
50 YOA
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1973-46114
Crime: Sept. 11, 1973
Died: Dec. 19, 1973
Helen Bown gravestone Helen Mae Bown
61 YOA
Found in Iowa River
Tama County
Found Oct. 31, 1973
DOD: October 2, 1973
Alexander Sauceda gravestoneAlexander Sauceda
23 YOA
Duck Creek Plaza
Bettendorf, IA
Scott County
October 11, 1973
Mary K. SenneMary K. Senne
21 YOA
4119 E. University
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1973-51704
October 22, 1973
Elaine Konecne gravestoneDoris Elaine Konecne
38 YOA
Ken-Lee Apartments
North Cherry St.
Creston, IA
October 27, 1973
Louis Reed gravestoneLouis Dale Reed, Sr.
53 YOA
2800 Liberty Ave.
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
February 14, 1974
timothy-friedel-article-165pxTimothy Friedel
25 YOA
Wooded Area NW
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
June 6, 1974
Dennis CloughertyDennis Clougherty, 23
U.S. Highway 20
Cedar Falls, IA
Black Hawk County
Case # 74-00418
August 12, 1974
Douglas Nielsen clipsDouglas A. Nielsen, 17
1409 Elmhurst Ave.
Humboldt, IA
Humboldt County
Case # 74-00512
October 18, 1974
Ewald Bandixen
Ewald E. Bandixen
70 YOA
Folletts, IA
Clinton County
Case # 74-00523
October 28, 1974
Floyd AlbornFloyd W. Alborn
76 YOA
Panora, IA
Guthrie County
Case # 74-00550
November 8, 1974
Cecil DuBois gravestoneCecil DuBois
73 YOA
1322 23rd St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1974-42891
November 15, 1974
Melvin Price gravestoneMelvin Price
26 YOA
Iowa Highway 42
Riverton, IA
Fremont County
November 17, 1974
Jesse James HanniTriple Homicide
Jesse Hanni
, 26
117 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 2, 1974
William Ernest IsomTriple Homicide
Billy Isom II
, 27
117 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 2, 1974
Freta Bostic IsomTriple Homicide
Freta Bostic Isom
, 24
117 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
December 2, 1974
pine-hill-cemetery-165pxJohn Rude
51 YOA
2500 Blk of Madison
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 11, 1974
Judith Reed gravestoneJudith Reed
38 YOA
Charlotte, IA
Clinton County
December 27, 1974
Jackie ShiremanJackie Shireman
21 YOA
Marino’s Meal on a Bun
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
January 4, 1975
Gregory Dickey DMR clipGregory N. Dickey
23 YOA
Interstate 80
Altoona, IA
Case # 75-00248
February 18, 1975
Terry Vanden Hull murder sceneTerry Vanden Hull
20 YOA
2 1/2 miles SE
Maxwell, IA
Story County
February 24, 1975
Hulda FischerHulda Emma Fischer
84 YOA
Maquoketa, IA
Jackson County
Case # 75-00175
February 25, 1975
unid-bf-175-clinton-countyUnidentified Black Female
12 – 23 YOA
10 weeks pregnant
Clinton County river
April 11, 1975
Diane SchofieldDiane M. Schofield
21 YOA
2000 Blk. Porter
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-24048
July 4, 1975
Geralyn KeanGeralyn Jean Kean
17 YOA
446 SE Hart
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-26584
July 29, 1975
Billy Lee ClarkBilly Lee Clark
43 YOA
Martin Bergland farm
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
August 1, 1975
11-south-delaware-mason-city-charles-hines-165pxCharles Hines
46 YOA
11 S. Delaware Ave.
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
August 2, 1975
James BaileyJames Bailey, Jr.
32 YOA
Colfax, IA
Jasper County
Case # 75-00503
August 14, 1975
karen-christensen-165pxDouble Homicide
Karen Christensen

27 YOA
Coralville, IA
Johnson County
August 26, 1975
Larry WellsDouble Homicide
Larry Wells

25 YOA
Coralville, IA
Johnson County
August 26, 1975
Tommy Lee McConkeyTommy McConkey
38 YOA
2929 E. University
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-30748
August 27, 1975
Neal TownsendNeal R. Townsend, 29
Lifelong Anamosa resident
Killed in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
September 2, 1975
1128-6th-ave-des-moines-greg-nepstad-165px Greg Nepstad
1128 6th
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1975-34651
September 27, 1975
Julie BenningJulie Benning
18 YOA
Waverly, IA
Bremer County
Case # 76-00382
November 28, 1975
Michael CarrMichael Edward Carr
19 YOA
Highway 9
Estherville, IA
Emmet County
December 26, 1975
alice-van-alstine-by-nephew-thaddaeus-bappe-165pxAlice Van Alstine
28 YOA
Assumed Deceased
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
March 26, 1976
mary-ann-scovel-ancestry-165pxMary Ann Scovel
18 YOA
661 17th St.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
April 14, 1976
st-irenaeus-cemetery-165pxSteven F. Barrette
20 YOA
Clinton, IA
Clinton County
June 5-6, 1976
Wanda MorrowWanda J. Morrow, 14
Cedar Rapids resident Found dead in Pima County, Arizona (AZ jurisdiction)
September 6, 1976
Lisa PeakMarie “Lisa” Peak
19 YOA
One quarter mile north of Waverly, IA
Bremer County
September 7, 1976
Emma LewisEmma S. Lewis
80 YOA
Waukee, IA
Dallas County
Case # 76-00804
September 13, 1976
Debbie LaubenthalDouble Homicide
Debbie Laubenthal

18 YOA
Roadway B-19 ditch
Palo Alto County
October 23, 1976
Raymond HenkinsDouble Homicide
Raymond Henkins

30 YOA
Roadway B-19 ditch
Palo Alto County
October 23, 1976
John Robert HillJohn Robert Hill
51 YOA
Ottumwa, IA
Wapello County
Case # 76-00925
November 22, 1976
James Huff crime sceneJames C. Huff, Jr.
26 YOA
Vinton, IA
Benton County
Case # 77-00102
January 1, 1977
kathleen-holliday-165Kathleen Holliday
37 YOA
From Grimes, IA
Saylorville Reservoir
Polk County
March 12, 1977
Elgin StraitElgin Hobert Strait
80 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 77-00254
March 18, 1977
Charles PlucarCharles Plucar
74 YOA
Luzerne, IA
Benton County
Case # 77-00373
June 22, 1977
Dennis StastnyDennis Stastny
30 YOA
222 10th St. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
August 9, 1977
Frank GoffFrank Goff
36 YOA
612 SE Jackson
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1977-35047
September 23, 1977
Lisa MillerLisa Elaine Miller
15 YOA
Sullivan Slough
Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
October 8, 1977
John Franklin Sr.Double Homicide
John Franklin, Sr.

35 YOA
Eddyville, IA
Wapello County
January 3, 1978
Michelle FranklinDouble Homicide
Michelle Franklin

22 YOA
Eddyville, IA
Wapello County
January 3, 1978
edward-hickson-gravestone-165pxEdward L. Hickson
32 YOA
1500 Blk of S. 6th St.
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # B78-1173
February 15, 1978
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Frankie Lee Capps
24 YOA
Davenport, IA
Scott County
March 13, 1978
Steven Gardner gravestoneSteven Gardner
27 YOA
1037 23rd
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-11923
April 8, 1978
John Albert RoseJohn Albert Rose
35 YOA
Vinton, IA
Benton County
Case # 78-02418
April 21, 1978
James HarschJames A. Harsch
31 YOA
Burlington, IA
Des Moines County
Case # 78-03075
May 6, 1978
3531-54th-Des-Moines-165px Anna T. Miller
57 YOA
3531 54th St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-25150
July 8, 1978
Francis JordonFrancis F. Jordon, Sr.
42 YOA
Cliffland Park river bank near Ottumwa
Wapello County, IA
July 12, 1978
Clara Schiele gravestoneClara Schiele
90 YOA
1423 Main St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
August 3, 1978
Camille NjusCamille Louise Njus
20 YOA
Polk County
Case # 78-06827
Approx. Date of Death:
August 4, 1978
Glenn Turner gravestoneGlenn W. Turner
59 YOA
2222 Hubbell Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-29909
August 9, 1978
Roger JoyntRoger Joynt
26 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 78-06397
September 29, 1978
Wilma June NissenWilma June Nissen
23 YOA
Highway 182
Lyon County, Iowa
Case # 78-06487
October 4, 1978
Des Moines Johnie Clinton
68 YOA
1525 Walker Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1978-41681
October 19, 1978
martha-kistenmacher-165pxMartha Kistenmacher
74 YOA
1308-1/2 Main St.
Davenport, IA
Scott County
November 4, 1978
Gene Williamson crime sceneGene W. Williamson
23 YOA
1311 21st Street
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1979-5278
February 9, 1979
Keara CoshowKeara Coshow
3 YOA
Hilltop Motel
Red Oak, IA
Montgomery County
July 12, 1979
Roger WarrenRoger Warren
12 YOA
Mississippi River
Davenport, IA
Scott County
August 19, 1979
Jefferson Avenue William Thomas
70 YOA
1213 Jefferson
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1979-35742
September 9, 1979
michelle-martinko-color-165pxMichelle Martinko
18 YOA
Westdale Mall
Cedar Rapids, IA
Case # 85-06117
December 19, 1979
Gary Harker body foundDouble Homicide
Gary Lee Harker

30 YOA
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 25, 1979
Gary Harker and Cody James news clipDouble Homicide
Cody James

30 YOA
Davenport, IA
Scott County
December 25, 1979

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2 Responses to Homicides – 1970s

  1. Linda Lanphier says:

    In doing family genealogy, I looked up information about the murder and death of Ed Schmidt, an Oskaloosa attorney, Feb. 13, 1972. I posted comments to my cousin in Des Moines, who is also an attorney, on Facebook and a couple other people responded (who had lived in Oskaloosa at the time the murder occured.) The question was raised whether DNA had been done on the evidence since then? Or, has the evidence been kept?

  2. Opeachie Contreras says:

    What about Mary Lou Cooper August 8th 1978? Obviously a cold case. I gave the Polk county sheriff’s office my DNA to rule out my father who was a suspect over 2 years ago and no results yet and the case is not listed. Her and her children deserve justice.

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