Laura Van Wyhe

On January 29, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Laura L. Van Wyhe Homicide Laura L. Van Wyhe 21 YOA From Iowa City, IA Johnson County Found along Missouri Highway 136 Near Kahoka, MO October 26, 1996   Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing At 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, a truck driver found Laura Van Wyhe, 21, of Iowa City, alive […]

Jane Wakefield

On January 25, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Jane Ellen Wakefield Missing Person, Presumed Homicide Name: Jane Ellen Wakefield Age at Report: 26 Date of Birth: Nov. 19, 1948 Maiden Name: Hallberg Missing From: 213 Bon Aire Mobile Home Park Iowa City, IA Johnson County Height: 5′ 2″ Weight: 112 Hair: Brown Eyes: Green Dental: Missing Tooth #14 NCIC Number: M-703329643 NamUs MP […]

Karen Christensen and Larry Wells

On January 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Karen Ann Christensen, 27 Larry Gordon Wells, 25 Near Coralville Reservoir Coralville, IA Johnson County August 26, 1975 Case summary by Jody Ewing On Labor Day, September 1, 1975, two young motorcyclists discovered the charred bodies of two persons inside a scorched pickup truck near the Coralville Reservoir in Johnson County, Iowa. The […]

Unidentified Baby John Doe 1992

On December 18, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Johnson County in Iowa   Iowa City in Johnson County Unidentified Baby John Doe Homicide Unidentified Baby John Doe Newborn Found in Iowa City Landfill Iowa City, IA Johnson County December 21, 1992 Case Summary by Jody Ewing Four days before Christmas in 1992, a worker from a Kalona, Iowa sanitation firm found a naked, […]

Sarah Ottens

On December 16, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Sarah Ann Ottens Homicide — Guilty Verdict Overturned Sarah Ann Ottens 20 YOA University of Iowa Campus Rienow Hall, Room 429 Iowa City, IA Johnson County Case # 73-00179 March 13, 1973   Original Case Information provided by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cold Case Unit; additional case information provided by local news media […]

Frances Bloomfield

On December 15, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Frances Bloomfield Homicide — ARREST MADE, SUSPECT DIES BEFORE TRIAL Frances Bloomfield 57 YOA 38 Wakefield Court Iowa City, IA Johnson County Reported Missing: Sept. 22, 1997 Est. Date of Death: Sept. 20, 1997   LATEST UPDATE   Bloomfield murder charge dismissed after November death Dec. 10, 2014 — Prosecutors have formally closed the case […]

Ronald Lipsius

On December 15, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Ronald F. Lipsius Homicide Ronald F. Lipsius 30 YOA 812 S. Summit St. Iowa City, IA Johnson County May 16, 1966   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Ronald F. Lipsius, a 30-year-old Iowa City grocer, was shot to death on Monday, May 16, 1966 as he chased a woman bandit who’d just scooped […]

Iowa City

On November 25, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Iowa City, Iowa           Patrolman Edward M. Leeney 32 YOA Iowa City Police Department Iowa City, IA Johnson County April 29, 1926 On April 29, 1926, Iowa City Motorcycle Officer Edward M. Leeney — married and a father of three young children — was killed in a streetcar […]