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Authorities in two northwest Iowa counties have recently asked the public's help solving cold cases.

In the spotlight once again is the Feb. 10, 1997, disappearance and apparent homicide of Connie Ruddy of Ida Grove and the slaying of Wilma Jean Nissen, whose body was found Oct. 4, 1978, in a ditch in rural Lyon County.

Officials announced last month they planned to go door-to-door in the area where Nissen was found. There is a $10,000 reward offered for information that helps solve the case.

A California native, the 23-year-old Nissen was not identified until her fingerprint was matched with a print on file with the Los Angeles Police Department. Her body was exhumed in 2007 in hopes of finding usable DNA evidence, but the case remains unsolved.

Anyone with information about Nissen's case can call (712) 472-8334. For more information on Nissen, visit www.lyoncountyiowa.com/wilma.

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Ida County authorities recently announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed Connie Ruddy, 21.

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There was initially no indication of what happened to Ruddy, the mother of two, until her jawbone was discovered in 1999 on a sandbar in the Boyer River about 10 miles downstream from Denison, Iowa.

Officials searched the river for three miles in either direction from where a fossil hunter discovered the jawbone, but no additional remains have been found.

Anyone with information about Ruddy's death can call (800) 568-4401.

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