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15 years later, Sioux City death remains mystery

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SIOUX CITY -- David Leon Redowl Sr., 27, was found bleeding in a pickup behind his family's West Third Street home. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

It was April 26, 1997.

Fifteen years later, police still are trying to piece together what happened that night. A murder weapon was never found. No charges have been filed.

The case, it seems, has hit a dead end.

"To this day, I don't know who stabbed him," said his grandmother, Ada Redowl, 88. "I didn't find out anything."

What is known is that police were called to the Third Street address -- a two-story house with a wide front porch a block from Cook Park -- at 2:07 a.m. on April 26.

David Redowl was discovered unconscious in the backyard. He was stabbed in the heart.

Police said he had been in an argument with a family member.

Ada Redowl said some women from a bar down the street were involved, but that's all she knows, she said.

Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said the family member was investigated, but "we were never able to develop enough information to charge anyone."

(The family member, who was never arrested, was not available for this story.)

Kirkpatrick said other people around the home that night were also resistant to talking to police and weren't forthcoming about details.

Police also hit road blocks five years ago, when the case was re-examined.

"Nothing significant was brought to light in the review," Kirkpatrick said.

Fifteen years after the death, who killed David Leon Redowl remains a mystery. Police are still asking anyone with details to call investigators at 712-258-8477.

Without any new information, Kirkpatrick said, it will probably remain a cold case.

"If the case can make itself based on the evidence, that's one thing, and probably even a stronger case than testimony from witnesses," he said, "but there wasn't a strong evidentiary case either."


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