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JORGE “LOUIE” GUTIERREZ SR. | AGE: 47 | DIED: OCT. 19, 2004
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Louie Gutierrez, of East Moline, Ill., was found wrapped in a sleeping bag in the bed of his maroon 1983 Chevrolet pickup truck in the early afternoon of Oct. 19, 2004. The truck, which was covered in Dallas Cowboys stickers, was parked along the Mississippi River in the 3400 block of South Concorde Street in Davenport. Gutierrez was believed to have been killed two days earlier, on Oct. 17, 2004, as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Because his body was left to make it look as if he'd died in his sleep, coupled with other evidence in the case, his family believes the people responsible for his death must have known him. Family members also believe that more than one person is responsible for his death because he was a burly man and it would have taken more than one person to carry him.
Anyone with information about Louie Gutierrez’s unsolved murder is asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979, the Davenport Crime Stoppers tip line at 309-762-9500 or the Iowa DCI at 515-725-6010.