MUSCATINE, Iowa — More than one year has passed since Isidro Gomez left before breakfast and didn’t return home.

Authorities are still trying to solve who murdered the 27-year-old Muscatine man and left his body in a wooded area about five miles west of Muscatine.

“We’re not going to stop investigating it,” Detective Mike Bailey of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Bailey said the sheriff’s office and Muscatine Police Department, to which Gomez was reported missing by his girlfriend on Dec. 17, 2007, are still pursuing leads in the murder case.

Gomez’s girlfriend of eight years, Jessica Ridinger, said he left early that day, but did not return to the home they shared with their then-5-year-old son and 10-month old daughter. Ridinger this week declined to speak with a reporter.

Gomez’s decomposing remains were recovered May 6. Authorities have not named any suspects, or released how Gomez was killed.

Bailey said the lapse between Gomez’s disappearance and discovery of his body, as well as additional demands on law enforcement resources — including another murder case — has hindered the investigation.

“It puts some further challenges in our path,” Bailey said.

He said there have not been any surprise twists or changes in direction in the investigation. Detectives have chased down numerous leads since May, but “it’s never as many as you like,” he said.

Anyone with information about Gomez’s murder should contact Bailey at 563-263-6055 or Muscatine police Detective Mark Lawrence at 563-263-9922.

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