Roger Brown

On January 2, 2021, in , by Jody Ewing

Roger Brown Homicide Roger Alan Brown YOA: 55 200 blk of 8th St. SW Dayton, IA Webster County Investigating Agency: Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Dayton Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation September 29, 2015   Roger Alan Brown, 55, was found dead inside his trailer in the 200 block of Eighth […]

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 […]

Douglas Shondel

On December 4, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Douglas James “DJ” Shondel II Undetermined (Suspicious Death) Douglas James Shondel II 21 YOA 100 N. 16th St. Fairfield, Iowa Jefferson County Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma to Head and Broken Neck Sunday, March 11, 2001   Many things don’t add up in 21-year-old Douglas James Shondel II’s mysterious March 2001 death. Jefferson County […]

Green Mountain

On August 25, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Green Mountain, Iowa             Homicide Anna “Annie Wiese 20 YOA Green Mountain, IA Marshall County August 26, 1893 Anna “Annie” Wiese, 20, was clubbed in the head, stabbed repeatedly in the breast and back, and her throat cut from ear to ear on Saturday night, Aug. 26, […]

Red Oak

On June 19, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Red Oak, Iowa         Homicide Keara Lee Coshow Age: 3 Hilltop Motel 1303 Summit Rd. Red Oak, Iowa Montgomery County July 12, 1979 Keara Lee Coshow, 3 years old, was burned alive July 12, 1979, in the laundry room of the Hilltop Motel in Red Oak, Iowa, to cover […]

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 a fatal dosage of an unprescribed drug she’d stolen from another […]

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 […]


On January 12, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Mondamin, Iowa       Homicide John Lee Erickson 48 YOA Killed near Mondamin, IA Harrison County Body dumped near Onawa, IA Monona County April 30, 1997 On Wednesday, April 30, 1997, Vietnam veteran John Lee Erickson, 48, of Council Bluffs was shot in the head near Mondamin, Iowa, in Harrison County. His […]

Frank Eckels

On November 27, 2014, in , by Jody Ewing

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

“I Can Remember…” A Guest Blog by Jennifer McCuddin

On October 1, 2014, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

Intro by Iowa Cold Cases Courtesy photo Becky McCuddin Lisa McCuddin with her son Davontrez and daughter Markasia in early 2004. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 will mark a sorrowful milestone anniversary for one North Central Iowa family. It will represent 10 years since Lisa McCuddin — just four days shy of her 24th birthday — was shot […]