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, […]

Lisa Peak

On January 4, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Marie “Lisa” Peak Homicide Marie “Lisa” Peak 19 YOA Waverly, IA Bremer County September 7, 1976   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing n Tuesday, September 7, 1976 — the day after Labor Day — Marie “Lisa” Peak was found lying face down in a ditch in rural Bremer County, Iowa. The 19-year-old Wartburg College […]

Valerie Klossowsky

On January 4, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Valerie Lynn Klossowsky Homicide Valerie Lynn Klossowsky 14 YOA Resided in Waverly, IA Body found outside Denver, IA in Bremer County DCI Case Number: 71-00549 June 13, 1971         The Waverly Three Case of the Month: Lisa Peak – Julie Benning – Valerie Klossowsky A Defrosting Cold Cases Guest Blog Post By Jody Ewing, November […]

Julie Benning

On December 13, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Julie Ann Benning Courtesy photo Benning family Julie Ann Benning Homicide Julia “Julie” Ann Benning 18 YOA Disappeared From: Waverly, IA Bremer County Body Located in: Shell Rock, IA Butler County Investigating Agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Case # 76-00382 Date of Death: November 28, 1975 Body Recovered: March […]

Waverly

On November 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Waverly, Iowa         Homicide Valerie Lynn Klossowsky 14 YOA Waverly/Denver, IA (Bremer County) Case # 71-00549 June 13, 1971 On Tuesday morning, June 15, 1971, the partially clad body of 14-year-old Valerie Lynn Klossowsky of Waverly was found on a creek bank under a bridge on a lonely country […]

Denver

On November 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Denver, Iowa       Homicide Valerie Lynn Klossowsky 14 YOA Waverly/Denver, IA (Bremer County) Case # 71-00549 June 13, 1971 On Tuesday morning, June 15, 1971, the partially clad body of 14-year-old Valerie Lynn Klossowsky of Waverly was found on a creek bank under a bridge on a lonely country road […]

Bremer County

On October 31, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Bremer County, Iowa *Please Note: The cases listed below are within Bremer County but may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are included here for cross-reference purposes. More specific information may be found on each victim’s individual page.   Homicide William Lawrence Meadows 36 YOA Plainfield, Iowa Bremer County Case […]

Homicides – 1970s

On October 12, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

The Cases – Homicides (1970 – 1979) BY ERA: Up through 1899 | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000 – present | Missing Persons The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from 1970 – 1979, and are listed in chronological […]

Today’s Cold Case Anniversaries: Lisa Peak and Rhonda Knutson

On September 7, 2009, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

While many families celebrate today’s Labor Day holiday, at least two Iowa families will mark the day with another kind of remembrance: the loss of a young, vibrant daughter, and the cold case anniversary of each of their untimely and senseless deaths. Thirty-three years ago on Tuesday, September 7, 1976, the nude, beaten body of […]