Robert Ruby

On September 18, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Robert Lee Ruby Undetermined Robert Lee Ruby 54 YOA Bidwell Coal Mine Blakesburg, Iowa Wapello County January 11, 1936   Case information provided by Mr. Ruby’s great-granddaughter, Linda Jones       Wapello County in Iowa  Blakesburg in Wapello County obert Ruby, a 54-year-old Blakesburg miner, fell 87 feet to his death on Saturday, January 11, 1936, […]

Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson

On January 28, 2016, in , by Jody Ewing

Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson Double Homicide   SOLVED   Nathan David Messer, 20 Seth Anderson, 22 11612 140th Street Ottumwa, Iowa Wapello County March 5, 2006   UPDATE On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, Wapello County jurors found Christopher Yenger guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Nathan Messer and Seth Anderson. Investigators said […]

James Chamberlain

On December 15, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Wapello County in Iowa Ottumwa in Wapello County James Lewis Chamberlain Homicide James Lewis Chamberlain 41 YOA Beneath Wabash Railroad Trestle Ottumwa, Iowa Wapello County May 25, 1893 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing James Chamberlain, a carpenter who lived on Ottumwa’s south side, was found lying in mud and water in the Des Moines River beneath […]

Agency

On March 29, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Agency, Iowa       Homicide Melvin R. Adams 55 YOA South of Agency, IA Wapello County February 13, 1983 On February 13, 1983, 55-year-old Melvin Royale “Mez” Adams was killed with a sharp instrument in a cabin near the Cliffland Bridge over the Des Moines River in Wappelo County south of […]

Mary Jayne Jones

On February 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Mary Jayne Jones Homicide — SOLVED Mary Jayne Jones 17 YOA Blakesburg, IA / Ottumwa, IA Wapello County Case Number: 74-00243 April 9, 1974   ary Jayne Jones, 17, of Ottumwa, Iowa, was found slain in a farmhouse near Blakesburg, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 9, 1974. She had been sexually assaulted and shot once in the […]

Justin Hook, Sarah Link and Tina Lade

On February 20, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Triple Homicide SOLVED Justin Alfred Hook, Jr., 20 Sarah Lee Link, 41 Tina Marie Lade, 19 Drakesville, IA (Davis County) Eldon, IA (Wapello County) Case # 84-01854 April 13, 1984 UPDATE: DNA Links Executed Convict to 1984 Triple Murder OTTUMWA, Iowa — In a news conference held Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at the Wapello County’s […]

John Hill

On February 2, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Wapello County in Iowa Ottumwa in Wapello County John Robert Hill Homicide John Robert Hill 51 YOA Ottumwa Launderette East Main Street Ottumwa, IA Wapello County DCI Case # 76-00925 November 22, 1976 Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing n Monday, November 22, 1976, at approximately 5:06 a.m., two young men found John Robert Hill, 51, lying face […]

Billy Lee Clark

On January 29, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Wapello County in Iowa Ottumwa in Wapello County Billy Lee Clark Homicide Billy Lee Clark 43 YOA Ottumwa, IA Wapello County August 1, 1975   ometime on Friday, August 1, 1975, Billy Lee Clark of Ottumwa, Iowa, was shot in the back in a rural Wapello County pasture. The 43-year-old’s body, found lying next to […]

John and Michelle Franklin

On January 3, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

John Franklin Sr., and Michelle Franklin Double Homicide John Franklin, Sr., 35 Michelle Franklin, 22 Eddyville, IA Wapello County January 3, 1978 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing ohn Franklin, Sr., 35, a central Iowa factory worker, and his 22-year-old wife Michelle were shot to death in their Eddyville, Iowa, home some time between 10 p.m. […]

Drakesville

On November 24, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Drakesville, Iowa Triple Homicide – CLOSED Sarah Link, 41 YOA Justin Hook, 20 YOA Tina Lade, 19 YOA Drakesville, IA and Eldon, IA (Davis & Wapello Counties) Case # 84-01854 April 13 – 18, 1984 On Friday, April 13, 1984, the body of 20-year-old Justin Hook, Jr., was found outside near his burned-out […]