Unsolved homicides

Unsolved homicides

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The following is a list of unsolved homicide cases in Muscatine County, according to http://www.iowacoldcases.com/.

Felicitas Terrill

Muscatine — April 14, 1986

On the morning of April 14, 1986, the body of Felicitas Terrill, 73, was found in her home at 314 Clinton St., Muscatine, with four gunshot wounds to the head. Police reported there were signs of an intruder. Terrill’s daughter, Sharon Renfro, tried to contact her mother and couldn’t reach her so she called police to do a welfare check. Police said that Terrill laid in her home for at least several hours before her body was found.

Amber Marie Hayes

Muscatine — June 9, 1988

Amber Marie Hayes, 7 1/2-months-old, was reported missing by her mother, Mary Hayes, in the early morning hours of June 9, 1988. Four days later, parts of the infant’s body, a pink diaper bag and blanket were discovered in a remote area near Lake Odessa by two children riding all-terrain vehicles.

Hayes’ boyfriend Leslie Brockert was caring for the child when she was taken from the couples’ Muscatine home. Brockert told Hayes someone had taken the child but he did not know who. Hayes and Brockert argued, and Brockert was jailed as a material witness in the case. He was later charged with first-degree kidnapping but was found not-guilty during a jury trial on October 1988.

Corey Wieneke

West Liberty — Oct. 13, 1992

Corey Wieneke, 22, was found bludgeoned to death in his rural West Liberty home on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1992. Wieneke was an employee at Wink’s Tap, a downtown West Liberty tavern owned by his grandmother, Betty Wieneke. Corey Wieneke worked as the late shift bartender.

Wieneke was a 1988 graduate of West Liberty High School, where he played center on the football team that made it to the Class AA semifinals.

Authorities believed Wieneke knew his killer and said there was no evidence to suggest it was a random killing, and that they believed the person responsible was not from West Liberty and possibly was from Iowa City.

Scott M. Tompkins

Muscatine — Nov. 29, 1995

Scott M. Tompkins, 23, was shot on Nov. 29, 1995, while he stopped to fix his windshield wipers at the intersection of Park Avenue and Harrison Street in Muscatine. Tompkins was found wounded at 9:43 p.m., only blocks from the Hardee’s restaurant where he worked as the assistant manager.

His car was found on Grand Avenue a block away from his body, and reports indicated a trail of blood led from the vehicle to where his body was found.

No one has been charged with Tompkins’ murder.

Isidro Gomez, Jr.

Muscatine  — Dec.  17, 2007

Isidro Gomez, Jr., was reported missing to the Muscatine Police Department on Dec. 17, 2007, by Jessica Ridinger of Muscatine, Gomez’s girlfriend of eight years. Ridinger said Gomez left their Muscatine home early that morning and promised to be back before breakfast.

Gomez’s partially decomposed body was discovered May 6, 2008, in the woods off Funk’s Hill Road, about five miles west of Muscatine, by people hunting for mushrooms on the heavily wooded hill.

The investigation of Gomez’s death is ongoing by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Muscatine Police Department and the Muscatine County Attorney’s Office.

Can you help?

Anyone with information about any of these cases is asked to call Sgt. Mike Bailey of the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office at 563-263-6055 or Detective Mark Lawrence of the Muscatine Police Department at 563-263-9922.

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