Edward Leeney

On July 17, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Patrolman Edward M. Leeney Homicide Patrolman Edward M. Leeney 32 YOA Iowa City Police Department Iowa City, IA Johnson County April 29, 1926 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Around 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 1926, a speeding Ford coupe raced through the Iowa City, Iowa streets, Motorcycle Officer Edward M. Leeney hot […]

Lance DeWoody

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Lance Lee DeWoody Homicide ARREST MADE –- CHARGES DROPPED NAME: Lance Lee DeWoody AGE: 22 RESIDENCE: North Liberty, IA CRIME LOCATION: Oakdale Campus CITY: Coralville, IA COUNTY: Johnson County DCI CASE NO. 85-04249 DATE OF CRIME: August 12, 1985 ARREST MADE: March 24, 2016 OBSTRUCTION OF PROSECUTION PLEA: January 31, 2017 MURDER CHARGES DROPPED: January […]

Susan Kersten

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Susan Pearl Kersten Homicide   ARREST MADE IN 20-YEAR-OLD HOMICIDE Suspect Enters Alford Plea         The Victim: Susan Pearl (Bollinger) Kersten 38 YOA Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County Case Number: 95-11388 September 24, 1995   LATEST UPDATES “A twisted form of justice” with Alford Plea Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 — Steven J. […]

Edward Kriz

On January 21, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy The Gazette Edward J. Kriz Edward J. Kriz Homicide Edward J. Kriz 43 YOA Hamburg Inn No. 2 214 North Linn Street Iowa City, IA Johnson County November 10, 1962   Edward Kriz, 43 — a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army — was shot outside the Hamburg Inn No. […]

Geraldine Maggert

On December 15, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Geraldine Maggert Geraldine Lempke Maggert Homicide Geraldine Lempke Maggert 25 YOA Home Residence: Cedar Rapids, IA Body Found near Coralville Reservoir Johnson County Last Seen Alive: March 22, 1968 Body Found: April 6, 1968   KWWL reporter Kristin Rogers covers the 49th anniversary of Geraldine Maggert’s unsolved murder Airdate March 22, 2017 Case Summary compiled […]


On November 25, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Coralville, Iowa           Double Homicide: Karen Ann Christensen, 27, and Larry Gordon Wells, 25 Near Coralville Reservoir Coralville, IA (Johnson County) August 26, 1975 On Labor Day, September 1, 1975, two young motorcyclists discovered the charred bodies of two persons inside a scorched pickup truck near the Coralville […]

Johnson County

On November 14, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Johnson County, Iowa   Note: These are cold cases that exist in Johnson County, though many are under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are listed here for cross-reference purposes because they are within Johnson County.   Patrolman Edward M. Leeney 32 YOA Iowa City Police Department Iowa City, IA Johnson County […]

Jane Wakefield: The Bits and Pieces of a 35-year-old Mystery

On September 5, 2010, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

This cold case “Anniversary” blog post was written by an ICC volunteer using the material from Jody Ewing’s Case Summary on Jane Wakefield. Every year, scientific methods at DCI labs advance significantly. Cases once thought to be colder than cold now have a chance for resolution. The tiniest amount of DNA, fabric, or hair can […]

This week’s Cold Case anniversaries

On November 16, 2009, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

Sometimes, I must admit, it’s just downright difficult hunting down information on a specific cold case. Despite the number of online search engines and newspaper archives, some cases, it seems, are just plain elusive. I’ve been dealing with that problem with one of today’s cold case anniversaries — that of Becky Palmer — killed 19 […]