September 7, 1925 – 1992

On September 7, 2017, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

Today marks four cold case anniversaries, dating from Sept. 7, 1925 to Sept. 7, 1992 … nearly seven decades … but families are still awaiting answers. All four victims could have changed countless lives had their own not been so abruptly cut short. Myrtle Underwood Cook, 51, sat near a window in her Vinton, Iowa, […]


On September 26, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Evansdale, Iowa         Double Homicide Lyric R. Cook 10 YOA July 13, 2012: Went Missing from Meyers Lake Evansdale, IA in Black Hawk County Body Found in Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County, December 5, 2012 Lyric R. Cook, 10, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8, were reported missing to the […]

Julie Benning

On December 13, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Julie Ann Benning Courtesy photo Benning family Julie Ann Benning Homicide Julia “Julie” Ann Benning 18 YOA Disappeared From: Waverly, IA Bremer County Body Located in: Shell Rock, IA Butler County Investigating Agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Case # 76-00382 Date of Death: November 28, 1975 Body Recovered: March […]


On November 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Denver, Iowa       Homicide Valerie Lynn Klossowsky 14 YOA Waverly/Denver, IA (Bremer County) Case # 71-00549 June 13, 1971 On Tuesday morning, June 15, 1971, the partially clad body of 14-year-old Valerie Lynn Klossowsky of Waverly was found on a creek bank under a bridge on a lonely country road […]

Shell Rock

On November 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Shell Rock, IA         Homicide: Julie Ann Benning 18 YOA Disappeared from Waverly, IA (Bremer County) Body found in Shell Rock, IA (Butler County) Case # 76-00382 November 28, 1975 Julie Ann Benning, 18, disappeared from Waverly, IA, the day after Thanksgiving on November 28, 1975. A Butler County […]

Butler County

On October 31, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Butler County, Iowa   *Please Note: The cases listed below are within Butler County but may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are included here for cross-reference purposes. More specific information may be found on each victim’s individual page.   Homicide: Julie Ann Benning 18 YOA Disappeared from Waverly, IA […]

Remembering Julie Ann Benning

On November 29, 2009, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

She was bright, beautiful, spunky and ambitious, and always eager to get out and meet people and make things happen. She had a zany laugh and quick smile, designed and sewed her own dresses, loved live music and the weekly Top 100 Countdown. She also was an avid reader — Nancy Drew mysteries were a […]

Today’s Cold Case Anniversaries: Lisa Peak and Rhonda Knutson

On September 7, 2009, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

While many families celebrate today’s Labor Day holiday, at least two Iowa families will mark the day with another kind of remembrance: the loss of a young, vibrant daughter, and the cold case anniversary of each of their untimely and senseless deaths. Thirty-three years ago on Tuesday, September 7, 1976, the nude, beaten body of […]