George Geary

George Geary

George Geary (Courtesy Des Moines Register)

George H. Geary


George H. Geary
40 YOA
M & H Service Station
Keosauqua Way and Crocker St.
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Des Moines PD Case Number: 1963-601
DCI Case Number: 63-00218
Sunday, January 13, 1963


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George H. Geary, 40, had worked at the M & H service station in Des Moines for just one week when on an early Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 1963, someone shot him twice in the head at close range during an apparent robbery.

Two young men who stopped by the Keosauqua Way and Crocker Street station to buy cigarettes found Geary in the service station’s office.

Station Manager Al Van Ampting reported $252.15 missing from the cash register.

George Geary’s survivors included three sons: Bruce, Patrick and Joe.

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, George Geary’s murder was one of about 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.

Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit ran out in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.

The DCI remains committed to resolving Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.

Information Needed

If you have any information about George Geary’s unsolved murder please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864, or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010 or email