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Unidentified Persons The following list includes all unidentified persons found in Iowa. Some are known homicides, while the manner of death for others remains unknown. All are cold cases. Unidentified White Male 18-39 YOA Des Moines, IA Polk County ME Case # 10-1398 January 1, 1924 Unknown Baby Boy 2-3 hours old Highway 30 […]
Unsolved Murders in Lacona, Iowa Homicide Shirley Dene Carter 68 YOA 132 Perry St. Lacona, IA Marion County June 19, 2015 Shirley Carter, a 68-year-old grandmother, suffered two gunshot wounds to her back on Friday, June 19, 2015, inside her rural Lacona home in Marion County. Her husband, Bill Carter, has […]
Courtesy photo Sioux City Journal Thecla M. Gerken Thecla Gerken Homicide Thecla M. Gerken 23 YOA Corner of Ninth & Jones streets Sioux City, Iowa Woodbury County June 27, 1917 Information Courtesy the Sioux City Journal, the Dyersville Commercial, and a compendium of newspaper clippings researched and written by Tom Larson. The story, in brief: […]
Cold Cases in Fairfield, Iowa Homicide Douglas James “D.J.” Shondel II 21 YOA 1000 N. 16th St. Fairfield, Iowa Jefferson County March 11, 2001 Douglas “D.J.” Shondel II, 21, of Fairfield, Iowa, died Sunday, March 11, 2001 after sustaining a broken neck and head trauma injuries under suspicious circumstances. His pregnant girlfriend, […]
Douglas James “DJ” Shondel II Undetermined (Suspicious Death) Douglas James Shondel II 21 YOA 1000 N. 16th St. Fairfield, Iowa Jefferson County Sunday, March 11, 2001 Jefferson County in Iowa Fairfield in Jefferson County any things don’t add up in 21-year-old Douglas James Shondel II’s mysterious March 2001 death. Crystal Knight, Shondel’s 9-months-pregnant girlfriend at the […]
Shawn Michael North Homicide Shawn Michael North 30 YOA at time of crime 45 YOA at time of death 1200 block of Doreen Ave. Waterloo, Iowa Black Hawk County Date of Crime: May 21, 2001 Date of Death: August 30, 2016 Shawn Michael North, 30, was shot in the 1200 block of Doreen […]
Cold case anniversaries are always tough. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the anniversary of a loved one’s unsolved homicide, a birthday he or she would have celebrated, or even the date the body may have been found. The most important lesson I’ve learned in my years writing about cold cases is that it doesn’t matter […]
We all love celebrating birthdays, especially (these days) on Facebook. We send all sorts of good wishes, emojis of birthday cakes and big “Happy Birthday!” images, and tell our friends and loved ones we wish them another great or exciting or successful next year. When I last updated the ICC homepage, I couldn’t help but […]
Des Moines County in Iowa Burlington in Des Moines County Terry Lee Page Homicide Terry Lee Page 36 YOA 1205 Franklin Street Burlington, IA Des Moines County Investigating Agency: Burlington Police Department June 25, 2013 erry Lee Page, 36, of Burlington, Iowa, was shot and killed outside his 1205 Franklin Street residence on the edge of North […]
Robert Lee Ruby Undetermined Robert Lee Ruby 54 YOA Bidwell Coal Mine Blakesburg, Iowa Wapello County January 11, 1936 Case information provided by Mr. Ruby’s great-granddaughter, Linda Jones Wapello County in Iowa Blakesburg in Wapello County obert Ruby, a 54-year-old Blakesburg miner, fell 87 feet to his death on Saturday, January 11, 1936, […]