Can You Solve These Cedar Valley Cold Cases?
Did you know that there are DOZENS of unsolved murders and disappearances right here in the Cedar Valley? According to Iowa Crime Stoppers, some of the cases go back as far as the early 1900's to present day.
We thought we would post some of the most talked about cases, just to see if they could jar the memories of our listeners and maybe unveil some new clues to help the victims families find some closure.
Angela Renee Buck's body was found Friday, August 11, 1995 by two men in a ditch near a creek on North Pilot Grove Road in Black Hawk County.
Authorities say her body lay in a fetal position just below a short bridge in a wooded area about one and one-half miles east of Independence Avenue in Waterloo and south of Dunkerton.
Renee was wearing in a greenish halter top, jean shorts and muddy white socks but no shoes. State Medical Examiner Dr. Francis Garrity ruled cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Anyone with information about Angela Buck’s unsolved murder is asked to call the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office at 319-291-2587 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477).
Anyone with information leading to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward.
Martavious Taveros Johnson, a 17-year-old former football player for East High School in Waterloo, was shot in the back on January 5, 2012, after cracking a joke.
According to a Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, Johnson and his sister went to Sumner Street on Waterloo’s east side at about 8 p.m. to drop off the sister’s boyfriend. A group walking down the street approached Johnson and inquired about his gang affiliation, Johnson apparently laughed and cracked a joke before turning to get back inside the vehicle. That's when the assailant shot Johnson.
If you have any information regarding Martavious Johnson's unsolved murder, please contact the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340 ext. 3, or the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS.
So far, no official arrest have been made. A $1,000 cash reward is available for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.
PLEASE NOTE: As of July 27, 2015, interim Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen told the Waterloo Courier that despite no arrests in these deaths, the department does not consider the case cold.
Lyric R. Cook, 10, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8, were reported missing to the Evansdale Police Department in Evansdale, Iowa, on Friday, July 13, 2012.
The girls were last seen between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Gilbert Drive not far from Meyers Lake. Their bikes and Elizabeth’s purse were later found on a trail on the southeast corner of the Lake about 4 p.m. that same day.
On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, hunters came across two deceased bodies in the Seven Bridges Park near Readlyn in Bremer County — a wildlife area about 25 miles from where the girls were last seen. The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the bodies found were those of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.
There is currently a 150-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the girls disappearance.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Evansdale Police tip line at (319) 232-6682, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-855-300-8477.
Dennis Dwaine Washburn was a 69-year-old United States Navy and Vietnam War veteran was found unconscious with head injuries near Longfellow Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa, on Memorial Day 2014.
Friends last saw Washburn leaving the Jet Lounge on West Parker Street around 9 p.m. May 25. According to a Waterloo Courier, a passerby found Washburn unconscious in the grass near the former Longfellow Elementary School on Edwards Street around 12:30 a.m. May 26.
Washburn, who sustained blunt force trauma injuries and a broken neck, was rushed to The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City where he later died.
A $1,000.00 reward is being offered for any information leading to a criminal charge.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Waterloo Police Department at 319-291-4340 ext. 3 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477).