7 Days, 14 Anniversaries

On October 23, 2016, in Anniversaries, Double Homicides, Missing Persons, Rewards, by Jody Ewing

Cold case anniversaries are always tough. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the anniversary of a loved one’s unsolved homicide, a birthday he or she would have celebrated, or even the date the body may have been found. The most important lesson I’ve learned in my years writing about cold cases is that it doesn’t matter […]

Missed Moments

On October 18, 2011, in Anniversaries, Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

All were young. They should have been just getting settled into careers, raising children, discovering challenges and rewards that accompany adulthood. Instead, they all went missing under mysterious circumstances, leaving in the wake families still left wondering what happened to their loved ones. Richard Neil Forsyth was only 27 when he disappeared October 18, 1979. […]

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 […]

Melissa Hasley

On October 18, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Melissa Dawn Hasley Missing Person Name: Melissa Dawn Hasley Age at Report: 31 DOB: June 23, 1971 Weight: 128 lbs. Height: 5’05” Hair: Blonde Eyes: Hazel Incident Type: Endangered / physical Case # 2002-43573 NCIC # M-352768675 NamUs MP # 400 Last Seen: 1700 block Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA Polk County Investigating Agency: Des Moines […]

Des Moines

On October 16, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Des Moines, Iowa       Note: Individual pages and case summaries for many of these victims are currently being compiled. If you have any information or photos you’d be willing to share, please email us or send via our Contact form. You may also contact the Des Moines Police Department at […]

Missing Persons

On October 12, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

The Missing Persons Cases For so many — including Iowans — it is the book thousands of families have long wished someone would write. It doesn’t provide just hope, it offers clear and insightful methods for those who want to get involved in finding out what happened to a loved one who went missing long […]

More Missing Persons

On June 12, 2009, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing

It’s been a busy week with the Iowa Cold Cases website, and 12 additional victims — all missing persons — now have pages up with case details. When one mentions missing persons in Iowa, most people usually cite those with which they’re familiar: Jodi Huisentruit, Johnny Gosch, Eugene Martin. Here are some other names worth […]