Gary Lack

On July 6, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Gary Dean Lack Homicide Gary Dean Lack 58 YOA 1475 325th Street Nora Springs, IA (Section 11, T-97-N, R-18-W) Mitchell County January 14, 2004   BOARD OF NURSING CASE NO. 05-0365 CAUSE OF DEATH: Drowning (in own blood) after a hospice nurse illegally administered fatal dosage of an unprescribed drug she’d stolen from another client ORIGINAL […]

Oakland

On November 27, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Oakland, Iowa       Homicide Frank J. Eckels 73 YOA Oakland Motel and Café Oakland, IA Pottawattamie County December 3, 1958 Frank J. Eckels, 73, was shot and wounded during a holdup at his motel and café in Oakland, Iowa, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1958. Eckels died Saturday, Dec. 6, at […]

Johnita Clemons

On June 15, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Johnita Larie Clemons Homicide Johnita Larie Clemons 34 YOA 1801 Francis Ave. Des Moines, IA Polk County Investigating Agency: Des Moines Police Department Case Number: 13-40014 December 24, 2013   Note: Although this case has not officially been ruled as having gone cold, it is being included on the website with hopes that anyone with […]

Matthew Owen

On January 29, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

Matthew John Owen Homicide Matthew John Owen 90 YOA 107 Gas Light Ct. SW Cedar Rapids, IA Linn County January 18, 2013 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Matthew John Owen, who went by the name M. John Owen, was found dead on the kitchen floor of his 107 Gas Light Ct. SW home 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 […]

Ruben Lara

On October 11, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Black Hawk County in Iowa   Waterloo in Black Hawk County Ruben Lara, Jr. Hit-and-Run Homicide Ruben Lara, Jr. 40 YOA Highway 218 Waterloo, IA Black Hawk County December 8, 2000   Ruben Lara Jr., a 40-year-old construction worker who lived at 3450 Ellington St. in Waterloo, was killed in a hit-and-run homicide early Friday […]

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, […]

Marlon Barber

On October 9, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Marlon Terrell Barber, Jr. Homicide Marlon Terrell Barber, Jr. 15 YOA 2000 block of Jackson St. Dubuque, Iowa Dubuque County October 20, 2012   On Oct. 20, 2012, Marlon Barber, Jr., a 15-year-old Dubuque teen, was shot in the chest and stomach as he and his friends walked away from a party. He died soon […]

Joseph Payne

On September 18, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Terrie Thompson Joseph E. Payne — the “last photograph” taken of Payne six months prior to his murder. Joseph Ernest Payne Homicide Joseph Ernest Payne Age: 72 15th and Armory Chariton, Iowa Lucas County October 17, 1945 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing During the Great Depression, Joseph Payne happened to be in […]

Windsor Heights

On September 7, 2013, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Windsor Heights, Iowa         Homicide Rose Marie Grandanette 33 YOA Sunrise Blvd. and 73rd St. Windsor Heights, IA Polk County September 14, 1958 Rose Grandanette, a 33-year-old mother of three children, was shot in the head with a .38-caliber pistol on Sunday evening, September 14, 1958, after answering the […]