Weekend Anniversaries: Greg, Terri, “Kip,” Lyman, and George

On September 29, 2014, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

This weekend came to a close, as have many years past, with five Iowa families wondering what happened to loved ones. In cases that spanned more than five decades, family members still ask when answers will come and justice will be served for a Sioux City teen, a man who fought in World War II […]

Family and Friends Pay Tribute to Robert Bates

On March 6, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Family and Friends Pay Tribute to Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III   Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III — a Marine who fought in Operation Desert Storm — was a man who loved family and known for being the type of guy who’d help out older people. When he was shot and killed late evening on […]

Humberto Cortez

On February 24, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Pottawattamie County in Iowa   Carter Lake in Pottawattamie County Humberto Cortez Homicide Humberto Cortez DCI Case # 96-06859 Carter Lake, IA Pottawattamie County June 21, 1996   On June 21, 1996, a partially decomposed male body was discovered in a rail car by a Paxton Verling Steel employee. The body was identified in December […]

Johnny Shields

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Johnny Joe Shields Missing Person Age at Report: 32 DOB: February 12, 1956 Weight: 160 lbs. Height: 5′ 06″ Race: White Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Incident Type: Involuntary disappearance Missing From: Carter Lake, IA Pottawattamie County Case # 89-00081 NCIC Number: M-337585780 NamUs MP # 27996 Dental Records: Available Missing Since: December 15, 1988   […]

Robert Bates

On January 30, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III Homicide Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates III 39 YOA Jump Start Conoco Station 109 Locust St. Carter Lake, IA Pottawattamie County September 27, 2007   Pottawattamie County in Iowa   Carter Lake in Pottawattamie County Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing Robert Bruce “Kip” Bates — a 39-year-old Marine who fought […]

Carter Lake

On November 24, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Carter Lake, Iowa       Johnny Joe Shields Missing Person Johnny Joe Shields Age at Report: 32 Date of Birth: Feb. 12, 1956 Missing From: Carter Lake, IA Pottawattamie County Case Number: 89-00081 NCIC Number: M-337585780 Missing Since: December 16, 1988 Johnny Joe Shields, 32, who lived with his mother in […]

Three True Things: The Traits that Define Cold Case Families

On September 12, 2009, in Letters, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

A day seldom goes by that I don’t receive e-mail asking about an Iowa cold case, but occasionally one arrives that — before I’ve even clicked to open and read it — makes my heart skip a beat or two. They are the ones where I recognize the sender’s last name because it matches a […]