Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson

On January 28, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson Double Homicide   SOLVED   Nathan David Messer, 20 Seth Anderson, 22 11612 140th Street Ottumwa, Iowa Wapello County March 5, 2006   UPDATE On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, Wapello County jurors found Christopher Yenger guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson. Investigators said […]

Police Sgt. Writes about Missing Brother

On January 10, 2016, in Guest Blogs, Letters, Missing Persons, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Ottumwa Police Sergeant Mark Milligan shares an open letter to the public on Facebook about his missing brother, Harry Milligan, 21, who went missing from Albia in Monroe County, Iowa, on July 1, 1984. Harry’s disappearance is classified as “Involuntary” and foul play is suspected. By Mark Milligan   PLEASE SHARE ….I Think with the […]

A Partnership in Crime

On July 31, 2015, in Events, Media, News, by Jody Ewing

In Casablanca, Rick says to Louie, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” This week, I’m grateful to see the beginnings of a beautiful partnership that first took root in April and produced its first blooms Sunday. The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) have partnered for a new weekly project […]

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 […]

Craig Petersen

On May 26, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Craig Allen Petersen Undetermined – Suspected Homicide Craig Allen Petersen 20 YOA Home Residence: Blue Grass, Iowa Scott County Body found in Mississippi River Montpelier, Iowa Muscatine County September 28, 1986     Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Twenty-year-old Craig Allen Petersen of Blue Grass, Iowa, died just over one day after a female […]

Eric Redinbo

On May 16, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Eric Scott Redinbo Suspicious Death Eric Scott Redinbo 18 YOA Keokuk, Iowa Lee County February 12, 1999   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Eric Scott Redinbo, 18, died Friday night, February 12, 1999, from a single blast to the head from a 12-gauge shotgun at a Keokuk, Iowa home. Officers said they were called […]

Layne Schneider

On March 19, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Layne Edward Schneider Homicide Layne Edward Schneider 22 YOA Echo Road and 180th Street Elgin, Iowa Fayette County January 22, 2013           Family Establishes “Justice for Layne Schneider” Go Fund Me account Layne Schneider’s family members have established a “Justice for Layne Schneider” page on the fundraising site, GoFundMe.com, in efforts […]

John Erickson

On January 12, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

John Lee Erickson Homicide John Lee Erickson 48 YOA Killed near Mondamin, IA Harrison County Body dumped near Onawa, IA Monona County April 30, 1997   On Wednesday, April 30, 1997, Vietnam veteran John Lee Erickson, 48, of Council Bluffs was shot in the head near Mondamin, Iowa, in Harrison County. His killer or killers […]

Steven Barrette

On December 2, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Clinton County in Iowa   Clinton in Clinton County Steven F. Barrette Undetermined Steven F. Barrette 20 YOA Mississippi River Clinton, IA Clinton County June 6, 1976   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Steven Barrette, a 20-year-old Army veteran, was killed on or around June 6, 1976 during a weekend camping trip. On […]

Lisa Vander Esch

On November 19, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy The Hawarden Independent In her 1981 “Senior Interview,” Lisa Vander Esch says her favorite saying is “Live one day at a time.” Lisa Ann Vander Esch Homicide Lisa Ann Vander Esch 19 YOA Ireton, Iowa Sioux County Tuesday, September 14, 1982   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Her favorite color: red. Favorite […]