If you’re fascinated about the information surrounding the number of murders in Iowa by year, several law enforcement agencies’ websites provide reports and statistics. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes a Uniform Crime Report annually which details the crimes, crime levels, and crime areas for every state, county, and city. Another great resource for looking into the numerous unsolved homicides in Iowa is Project: Cold Case, who not only has a page on their website dedicated to homicide statistics per state, but also has a database with nearly 25,000 cold cases included. Finally, another great resource for looking into cold cases in Iowa is called Iowa Cold Cases. Iowa Cold Cases has put together case summaries, articles, and updates regarding the many unsolved murders and missing persons all throughout Iowa.
According to Project: Cold Case, there were roughly 2,870 murders in Iowa between 1980 and 2019. Through the years, around 2,122 of those murders have been solved, unfortunately leaving approximately 748 unsolved murders in Iowa alone. On their website, as well as on the websites of many local, county, and state law enforcement and investigating agencies, you can learn more information about most, if not all, of these unsolved homicides, including those listed below.
Some of the unsolved murders in northern Iowa which can be found on lists of unsolved homicides on various law enforcement websites include the 2004 murder of Gary Lack, the 1976 double murder of Debbie Rose Laubenthal and Raymond Morris Henkins, the 1975 murder of Michael Edward Carr, the 1966 murder of Norma Jean Horgen, and the 1998 murder of Mildred Adaline Clemenson, among others. Other names on these lists include the many unsolved central Iowa murders including the 1986 murder of Ronette Lynn Peterson, the 1968 murder of Sheila Jean Collins, the 2007 murder of Aaron Marr, and the 2000 murder of Cora Ann Okinski, among others.
In addition, other cases included in the lists of unsolved murders in Iowa include some unsolved murders in Des Moines, Iowa, including the 1984 murder of John Clifton Downey, the 1975 murder of Tommy Lee McConkey, the 1995 murder of Connie Jo Choate Bodensteiner, the 1996 murder of Rafael Robinson, and the 1998 murder of Susan Hagen, among many others. Lastly, a few unsolved murders in Polk County, Iowa, include the 1960 murder of Darleen Fitchett, the 1969 murder of Patricia Ann Veach, the 1976 murder of Mary Ann Scovel, the 1987 murder of Jamedia Hines, and the 1995 murder of Martha “Marty” Erickson, among others.