September 7, 1925 – 1992

On September 7, 2017, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

Today marks four cold case anniversaries, dating from Sept. 7, 1925 to Sept. 7, 1992 … nearly seven decades … but families are still awaiting answers. All four victims could have changed countless lives had their own not been so abruptly cut short. Myrtle Underwood Cook, 51, sat near a window in her Vinton, Iowa, […]

Mary Ann Scovel

On June 4, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Mary Ann Scovel Homicide Mary Ann Scovel 18 YOA 661 Seventeenth St. Des Moines, IA Polk County Wednesday, April 14, 1976   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Mary Ann Scovel, 18, was strangled in her Des Moines apartment Wednesday night, April 14, 1976. Investigators said Terry Lee “Butch” Lively, 26, who lived at the […]

Maria Ybanez

On March 3, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Maria Lena Ybanez Homicide Maria Lena Ybanez 16 YOA Davenport, IA Scott County Went Missing from Davenport: June 13, 1973 Remains Found in New Liberty: Nov. 5, 1977 Remains Identified: Jan. 24, 1979 Est. Date of Death: June 13, 1973   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Sixteen-year-old Maria Ybanez lived a hellish life in […]

Gladys Held

On October 11, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Black Hawk County in Iowa   Waterloo in Black Hawk County Gladys Dorothy Held Homicide Gladys Dorothy Held 83 YOA Walnut Court Retirement Home 315 Walnut St., Apt. 321 Waterloo, IA Black Hawk County December 8, 1993   Gladys D. Held, an 83-year-old retired personal secretary, was beaten and strangled at a Waterloo senior citizens […]

Jacob Biretz

On October 11, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Black Hawk County in Iowa   Waterloo in Black Hawk County Jacob J. “Jake” Biretz Homicide Jacob “Jake” Biretz 87 YOA 311 Lafayette St., Apt. B Waterloo, IA Black Hawk County December 10, 1993   Jacob “Jake” Biretz, an 87-year-old retired mechanic, was found dead in his apartment at a Waterloo retirement home on Friday, […]

Sandra Kinney

On March 25, 2013, in , by Kerry Connolly

Sandra Dee Kinney Homicide Sandra Dee “Sandy” Kinney 33 YOA Mississippi River walkway Davenport, IA Scott County July 20, 1996 Case Summary compiled by Kerry Connolly On Saturday, July 20, 1996, Sandra Dee “Sandy” Kinney, 33, was strangled to death near the Mississippi River walkway in Davenport, Iowa, and her body thrown into the Mississippi […]

Connie Bodensteiner

On December 6, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Connie Jo Choate Bodensteiner Homicide Connie Jo Choate Bodensteiner 24 YOA 2800 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA Polk County August 8, 1995   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing On Tuesday, August 8, 1995, Connie Jo Choate Bodensteiner was found locked in a basement storage bin at a south-side Des Moines apartment complex. An autopsy […]

Eugenio Garcia

On May 19, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Muscatine County in Iowa   Muscatine in Muscatine County Eugenio P. Garcia Homicide Eugenio Prieto Garcia 36 YOA 7 miles NW of Muscatine, IA Muscatine County June 21, 1992   The body of Eugenio Garcia, 36, was found near the Dougherty Bridge on County Road F-70 about seven miles northwest of Muscatine, Iowa at 7 […]

Dorothy Rose

On November 18, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Dorothy J. Rose Homicide Dorothy J. Rose 43 YOA 206 12th St. SE Cedar Rapids, IA Linn County November 25, 2006 Case Summary by Jody Ewing Dorothy J. Rose, 43, was found dead in her 206 12th St. SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa apartment on Tuesday night, November 28, 2006. The building’s landlord — who’d gone […]

Yvonne Nicholson

On October 31, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Yvonne “Bonnie” Nicholson Homicide Yvonne “Bonnie” Nicholson 32 YOA South Concord St. Davenport, IA Scott County November 12, 2001 Scott County in Iowa   Davenport in Scott County     Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing On Monday, November 12, 2001, at approximately 9:30 a.m., two construction workers driving along a slough on South Concord […]