5 Lost Birthdays

On October 4, 2016, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

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 […]

Iowa’s cold cases: Families yearn for the truth

On July 13, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Iowa’s cold cases: Families yearn for the truth Detectives struggle with little money, limited time for investigations 1:03 AM, May 30, 2012 Written by DANIEL P. FINNEY Chad and Tammy Parks’ son, Jared Parks, was found dead on Interstate Highway 35/80 near Merle Hay Road in Urbandale three years ago this month. The Parks keep an […]

Website offers hope to victims’ families

On July 13, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Iowa’s cold cases: Website offers hope to victims’ families Three women run the nonprofit organization from their homes 12:09 AM, May 31, 2012 Written by DANIEL P. FINNEY   Online collection of Iowa cold cases: Jody Ewing started the website iowacoldcases.org. The website has information on hundreds of Iowa cold cases. She hopes it helps […]

Mystery of son’s death haunts Urbandale couple

On March 6, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

DesMoinesRegister.com May 2, 2010 Mystery of son’s death haunts Urbandale couple By DANIEL P. FINNEY dafinney@dmreg.com A for-sale sign pokes out of the freshly cut grass in front of Chad and Tammy Parks’ Urbandale home. The gray split-level holds too much anguish for the couple and their daughter Adra, 11, to stay any longer. Nearly […]

Jared Parks

On January 30, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Jared Andrew Parks Homicide Jared Andrew Parks 18 YOA Interstate 35/80 Urbandale, IA Polk County May 11, 2009   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Polk County in Iowa  Urbandale in Polk County ared Parks, 18, was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa, on Monday, May 11, 2009. […]

Urbandale

On November 27, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Urbandale, Iowa       Homicide Jared Parks 18 YOA DOB: October 5, 1990 Interstate 35/80 Urbandale, IA (Polk County) May 11, 2009 Jared Parks, 18, was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa, on Monday, May 11, 2009. He’d been hit by at least […]

Polk County

On October 19, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Polk County, Iowa Note: These are cold cases that exist in Polk County, though many are under the jurisdiction of the Des Moines Police Department or other cities/townships within Polk County. They are listed here for cross-reference purposes because they are within Polk County.   Homicide Officer George William Mattern 27 YOA […]

Homicides 2000 – Present

On October 12, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

The Cases – Homicides (2000 – present) BY ERA: Up through 1899 | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000 – present | Missing Persons The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from the year 2000 to the present, and are […]

The Puzzling Death of Jared Parks

On May 11, 2010, in Anniversaries, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

One year ago today, 18-year-old Jared Andrews Parks was found dead on Interstate 35/80 near the Beaver Avenue Bridge in Polk County, Iowa. He’d been run over by at least two semi tractor-trailers, and troopers believe a third truck may also have run over the teen. Investigators never found Jared’s cell phone, and his wallet, […]