Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders

On August 23, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

About Gone Cold   Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders is a collaborative partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in state history. The weekly series will feature a number of the state’s 438 unsolved murders, with articles published simultaneously across the state in […]

Henry Chavis

On October 6, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Henry William Chavis Homicide Henry William Chavis 55 YOA Highway 69 One mile south of Ames, IA Story County (jurisdiction) November 8, 1948 Henry Chavis, 55, lived in a four-bedroom farm house on a 300-acre farm near current-day South Duff Avenue and Airport Road outside Ames, Iowa. He was found dead outside his home on […]

Aaron Marr

On October 1, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Aaron Michael Marr Homicide Aaron Michael Marr 37 YOA 210 S. Second Street Ames, IA Story County September 22, 2007 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Aaron Marr, 37, died Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2007, after suffering several stab wounds to his neck and back in his Ames, Iowa apartment. At approximately 9:53 p.m., Ames […]

James Morris

On March 1, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Story County in Iowa   Ames in Story County James Wesley Morris Homicide James W. “Jimmy” Morris (a.k.a. “Jimmy Morise”) 58 YOA 203 E. Lincoln Way Ames, IA Story County October 27, 1991   Four days before Halloween in 1991, James Wesley “Jimmy” Morris — a.k.a. James Morise and Jimmy Morise — was found beaten […]

Mark Snopek

On February 11, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Mark Lee Snopek Hit-and-Run Homicide Mark Lee Snopek 53 YOA County Road R18 (also known as L Avenue) Rural Boone Boone County, Iowa August 8, 2007 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, Mark Lee Snopek, 53, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his mountain bike on a favorite 16-mile […]

Sheila Collins

On January 4, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Cedar Rapids Gazette Sheila Jean Collins Sheila Jean Collins Homicide Sheila Jean Collins 18 YOA Iowa State University Student Home Residence: Evanston, Ill. Last seen in Ames, IA Found in Rural Colo, IA Story County (jurisdiction) Case # 68-00287 January 26, 1968   Case Summary by Jody Ewing On Sunday, January 28, 1968, […]