On June 9, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Danville, Iowa         Homicide Mary Bernice Lange 37 YOA Burlington, IA (Des Moines County) Case # 70-01291 December 17, 1970 Mary Bernice Lange — engaged in a bitter divorce with her husband Marvin — was found dead nine miles west of Burlington on December 17, 1970. The 37-year-old mother […]

Chris Axiotis

On June 1, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Christopher George Axiotis Undetermined Christopher George “Chris” Axiotis 16 YOA Q Pond Park Osceola, Iowa Clarke County November 16, 1999   Case Summary by Jody Ewing   In November 1999, Christopher “Chris” Axiotis didn’t really have a place to call home. The 16-year-old Osceola youth’s incarcerated father had been in prison most of the teen’s […]


On June 1, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Williamstown, Iowa         Homicide Rhonda A. Knutson 22 YOA Phillips 66 Convenience Store U.S. Highway 63 Williamstown / New Hampton, IA Chickasaw County (Jurisdiction) DCI Case Number: 92-07040 September 7, 1992 Rhonda Knutson, 22, was bludgeoned to death in the early morning hours on Monday, Sept. 7, 1992, while working […]

“I Can Remember…” A Guest Blog by Jennifer McCuddin

On October 1, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Intro by Iowa Cold Cases Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin Lisa McCuddin with her son Davontrez and daughter Markasia in early 2004. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 will mark a sorrowful milestone anniversary for one North Central Iowa family. It will represent 10 years since Lisa McCuddin — just four days shy of her 24th birthday — was shot […]

Cathy Stickley

On September 20, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Catherine “Cathy” Ann Stickley Homicide — Suspect Acquitted in 2013 by Story County jury, Now Indicted in U.S. District Court Catherine Ann (Boyle) Stickley 54 YOA 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE Cedar Rapids, IA Linn County Date of Death: April 29, 2011   UPDATE – Feds pursue justice despite Story County […]

Joyce Jefferson

On April 19, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Joyce Ann Jefferson Homicide Joyce Ann Jefferson 23 YOA 1700 block of Black Hawk Road Waterloo, IA Black Hawk County Reported Missing: Thursday, Sept. 29, 1983 Body Found: Saturday, Oct. 8, 1983   Joyce Ann Jefferson, a 23-year-old mother of three young children, was reported missing from Waterloo, Iowa, on Sept. 29, 1983. Her badly […]


On January 29, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Sidney, Iowa         Homicide Rev. Kevin Lane Morse 44 YOA Missouri River Levee Nebraska City Bridge Sidney, IA Fremont County (jurisdiction) June 20, 2002 Kevin Lane Morse, a 44-year-old minister, was shot on Thursday, June 20, 2002, while fishing along the banks on the Missouri River in Fremont County, […]

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 […]

George Haddock

On July 25, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo siouxcityhistory.org The Reverend George C. Haddock Rev. George C. Haddock Homicide Reverend George C. Haddock 56 YOA Corner of 3rd and Water streets Sioux City, IA Woodbury County August 3, 1886   Just after 10 p.m. on August 3, 1886, prohibitionist preacher George Haddock of Sioux City, Iowa, was shot as he left […]

Janet, Little Raymond, and Rev. Morse

On June 20, 2013, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

The youngest was just 23 years old — the oldest, 44. The three deaths spanned nearly three decades, but all had one thing in common; the victims lost their lives on this same June day. Janet LaFratte, 35, was reported missing to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 20, 1973. Janet’s husband, Frank […]