"Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders" is a yearlong collaborative effort by Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in Iowa’s history.
Beginning today and in the weeks following, we’ll share information about many of the state’s 438 unsolved homicides.
It is our hope that by sharing these stories with a broad audience, justice will come for some of these victims.
Victims like Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who were abducted in July 2012 near Evansdale and whose bodies were found five months later 24 miles away in rural Bremer County. And Realtor Dorothy Miller, who on Aug. 18, 1969, was raped and stabbed while showing an unoccupied house in Burlington.
Each week for the next year, Iowa news organizations will explore cold cases –- those that law enforcement no longer has any clues on which to follow up. A case can go cold weeks, months or even years after the death.
And it can be reopened if new evidence is introduced. There is no statute of limitations on murder.