La Motte

On June 15, 2018, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in La Motte, Iowa       Hit-and-Run Homicide Scott M. Althoff 23 YOA 300th Street West of La Motte, Iowa Jackson County Sunday, July 21, 2002 Scott M. Althoff, 23, was killed in a hit-and-run homicide west of La Motte near Zwingle, Iowa, on July 21, 2002. Althoff, who lived in Eldridge […]


On August 2, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Hopkinton, Iowa         Hit-and-Run Homicide Matthew Adam Carter 21 YOA Jones-Delaware Rd. Hopkinton, Iowa Delaware County July 9, 2006 Matthew Adam Carter, 21, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 9, 2006, while walking home from a camping outing with […]

Kevin Jack

On July 9, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Scott County in Iowa   Davenport in Scott County Kevin R. Jack Homicide Kevin R. Jack 21 YOA 5700 block of North Pine St. Davenport, IA Scott County June 15, 2002   Kevin Richard Jack, a pit crew member of the Andy Cook stock car racing team, died in a hit-and-run motor vehicle fatality in […]

Anthony Evans

On April 24, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy Sioux City Journal Anthony “Tony” Lee Evans Anthony Lee Evans Hit-and-Run Homicide Anthony “Tony” Lee Evans 5 YOA 1016 21st Street Sioux City, IA Woodbury County June 20, 2000   Five-year-old Anthony Evans was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 1000 block of 21st street in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 20, 2000. […]

Becky Lawless

On October 5, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Becky Simpson Lawless Hit-and-Run Homicide Becky Simpson Lawless 59 YOA Washington St. and W. Mullan Ave. Waterloo, IA (jurisdiction) Black Hawk County April 9, 2012   Becky Simpson Lawless, 59, of Waterloo, was apparently walking home from a tavern in the early morning hours on Monday, April 9, 2012, when she was struck by a […]

Don’t Let Iowa’s Cold Case Unit Fade From Existence

On October 18, 2011, in Letters, by Eileen Meier

(This piece was published in the Des Moines Register on October 18, 2011.) The funding for the Iowa Cold Case Unit, established with a $500,000 National Institute of Justice grant and $194,000 federal Community Oriented Policing Service grant, is due to expire in November, and with it my hopes that the unit would be given […]

George Dean

On February 3, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Monona County in Iowa   Mapleton in Monona County George Earl Dean, Jr. Homicide George Earl Dean, Jr. 55 YOA Mapleton, IA Monona County Case # 66-00722 June 29, 1966   Case summary by Jody Ewing   On Wednesday evening, June 29, 1966, George Earl Dean, Jr. was found deceased in the street in front […]

Michael Carr

On December 26, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Michael Edward Carr Homicide Michael Edward Carr 19 YOA Highway 9 and Emmet County blacktop A-22, eastbound side of road Estherville, IA Emmet County Crime Date: December 26, 1975 Date of Death: January 2, 1976   Case summary by Jody Ewing At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, the day after Christmas 1975, Michael Edward Carr was […]

Clinton County

On November 13, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Clinton County, Iowa *Please Note: The cases listed below are within Clinton 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 John Bernard “Henry” Nurre 76 YOA Sugar Creek, Brown’s Station, […]

Breaking Through Walls of Silence and Shame

On May 6, 2010, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Eileen Meier

My only sister, Valerie Peterson, was killed 39 years ago today on a Thursday afternoon.  She was just 8 years old. We had been late that morning — in a rush out of the car for school with no foreshadowing of the terrible events that would happen that afternoon. No goodbyes or looks backward. The […]