Darnell Lee and Jason Smith

On June 2, 2019, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Darnell Lee, 26 and Jason A. Smith, 30 Darnell Lee, 26, and Jason A. Smith, 30 1800 block of Easton Blvd. Des Moines, Iowa Polk County Investigating Agency: Des Moines Police Department June 17, 2017     Darnell Lee, 26, and Jason A. Smith, 30, were killed in a shooting in the 1800 […]

Trey Lee

On January 15, 2019, in , by Jody Ewing

Trey Leon Lee Homicide Trey Leon Lee 24 YOA 1200 block of 15th Place near Evelyn Davis Park Des Moines, Iowa March 17, 2017   Trey Leon Lee, 24, was fatally shot on Friday, March 17, 2017, in the 1200 block of 15th Place near Evelyn Davis Park in Des Moines’ King Irving neighborhood. Officers […]

Rick Davis

On June 19, 2018, in , by Jody Ewing

Rick Lynne Davis Suicide or Homicide? Rick Lynne Davis 36 YOA Oskaloosa, Iowa Mahaska County July 20, 1986           Rick Lynne Davis, 36, died July 20, 1986, at his Oskaloosa residence from a gunshot wound to the head. Police ruled the death a suicide, but while reviewing police and autopsy records, […]

Helping Catch Bad Guys

On June 10, 2016, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

 Ron Novak’s unsolved 1983 murder was one  of more than 50 cases featured by the Iowa  Newspaper Association and participating  newspapers across the state. The past, present, and future are inexorably linked, and nowhere has that been more clear than in the last year during our partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and its […]

News Archives 2015

On March 27, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in the News — 2015 Archives Current News | 2018 Archives | 2017 Archives | 2016 Archives | 2015 Archives | 2014 Archives | 2013 Archives | 2012 Archives | 2011 Archives | 2010 Archives | 2009 Archives | 2008 and Earlier Archives GONE COLD: EXPLORING IOWA’S UNSOLVED MURDERS An ongoing series, published […]

A Partnership in Crime

On July 31, 2015, in Events, Media, News, by Jody Ewing

In Casablanca, Rick says to Louie, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” This week, I’m grateful to see the beginnings of a beautiful partnership that first took root in April and produced its first blooms Sunday. The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Iowa Cold Cases (ICC) have partnered for a new weekly project […]

Keith Clayborne and Jerry Cooper

On March 26, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Keith Clayborne II, 20 and Jerry Fonzo Cooper, 23 3205 Kingman Blvd., Apt. #208 Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 1991-12517 March 27, 1991   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing On Wednesday, March 27, 1991, Keith Anthony Clayborne II, 20, and Jerry F. Cooper, 23, were shot execution style at 3205 […]

Dennis Stastny

On January 28, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Dennis L. Stastny Homicide Dennis L. Stastny 30 YOA 222 Tenth St. NW Cedar Rapids, IA Linn County August 9, 1977   Case summary by Jody Ewing On Tuesday, August 9, 1977, Mary White of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filed a missing persons report with the Cedar Rapids Police Department regarding the disappearance of her son, […]