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Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer

by dhayes on August 25, 2015

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The 27-year-old’s body was found with two bullet holes on April 8, 2011, inside a model home MacKenzie Elmer melmer@dmreg.com West Des Moines police say they are no closer today to solving the mysterious slaying of Ashley Okland, a 27-year-old real estate agent whose shooting death four years ago in a model townhouse made national […]

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New Sharon mourns 3 brothers killed in crash

August 11, 2015 Brooklyn

Kim Norvell powcr@registermedia.com A family grieving the loss of three New Sharon brothers has received an outpouring of support from an online fundraising campaign. Within three days, donations on a GoFundMe page set up to pay for funeral expenses have exceeded $45,000. As of 7 a.m. Monday, 911 people have donated. On Thursday, 16-year-old Jamie […]

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Getting away with murder

August 4, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

Midwest killers identified only about half the time; public interest a key in resolution Roughly a third of homicides in the U.S. go unsolved. In the Midwest, it’s even less likely a killer will be caught: Just over half — 52 percent — are identified, according to FBI data referred to as “clearance rates.” Criminologists […]

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Iowa Cold Cases on burner

July 28, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

  Dann Hayes dhayes1@registermedia.com On Aug. 23, 1992, Tammy Jo Zywicki set off for Grinnell College. A senior, she was looking forward to graduation. But she never made it back to Grinnell. She had left Evanston, Ill. earlier that day and was expected to arrive at the college town in central Iowa sometime that evening. […]

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Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders … a statewide newspaper project

July 28, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders is a year-long collaborative effort by Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in Iowa’s history. Beginning today and in the weeks following, we’ll share information about many of the state’s 438 unsolved homicides. It is our hope that by sharing these stories […]

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Tammy Zywicki cold case investigation nears 23 years

July 28, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

Investigator says the case is still a priority for police Stephen Gruber-Miller Iowa City Press-Citizen Twenty-three years after Tammy Jo Zywicki’s death, her mother is trying to stay optimistic that investigators will solve the case. “It’s been hard,” said JoAnn Zywicki. “It’s been really up and down, and it never really goes away.” The 21-year […]

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Woman crusades to publicize Iowa’s unsolved murders

July 28, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

Jody Ewing’s passion for victim’s families, for justice led her to create Iowa Cold Cases Mike Kilen mkilen@dmreg.com She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10 years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders […]

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Cold Case Unit

July 28, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

Jeff Reinitz Waterloo Courier In its three years in operation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cold Case Unit brought to close two unsolved homicide cases dating as far back as the 1970s. The unit was shut down in 2011 after the federal grant that funded it ran out. But DCI officials said they continue […]

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Poweshiek County now on Iowa Alert system

July 28, 2015 Agriculture News

Residents can receive emergency messages on cell phones Dann Hayes dhayes1@registermedia.com Poweshiek County residents can now sign up for an emergency notification system that will come right to your cell phone or other electronic device via the Alert Iowa system. The Poweshiek County Emergency Notification System (PCENS) is now available at the Poweshiek County Emergency […]

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