Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders

On August 23, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

About Gone Cold   Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders is a collaborative partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in state history. The weekly series will feature a number of the state’s 438 unsolved murders, with articles published simultaneously across the state in […]

Lisa Vander Esch

On November 19, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy The Hawarden Independent In her 1981 “Senior Interview,” Lisa Vander Esch says her favorite saying is “Live one day at a time.” Lisa Ann Vander Esch Suspected Homicide Lisa Ann Vander Esch 19 YOA Ireton, Iowa Sioux County Tuesday, September 14, 1982   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Her favorite color: red. […]

Lee Rotatori

On February 15, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Lee Gunsalus Rotatori Homicide Lee Gunsalus Rotatori 32 YOA Best Western Frontier Motor Lodge 2216 27th Avenue, Rm #106 Council Bluffs, IA Pottawattamie County Case Number: F82-2558 June 25, 1982   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Council Bluffs Police officers were sent to investigate the death of a female at the Best Western […]

Corey Poffenberger

On January 26, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Robert “Corey” Poffenberger Homicide Robert “Corey” Poffenberger 30 YOA 2211 East 37th St. Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 2003-42059 October 24, 2003     Case summary by Jody Ewing Photos Courtesy Cindy Poffenberger Robert “Corey” Poffenberger was shot and killed early Friday morning October 24, 2003, in the driveway of his 2211 East […]

Patricia Veach

On January 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo William T. Veach Patricia “Trish” Veach, Christmas 1968 Patricia Ann Veach Homicide Patricia Ann Veach 8 YOA 805 S.W. Lally St. Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 69-12925 July 10, 1969   Case summary by Jody Ewing   On Thursday morning, July 10, 1969, 8-year-old Patricia Ann Veach was found dead in […]

Kenny Joe Johnson

On January 22, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Kenny Joe Johnson Homicide Kenny Joe Johnson 14 YOA Maus Park, Dubuque, IA Dubuque County (Home Residence: New Liberty, IA) Investigating Agency: Dubuque Police Department Case No. 87-21572 DCI Case No. 8705013 October 10, 1987   The following case summary has been compiled using information provided by the Dubuque Police Department and from the Dubuque […]