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This is a weekly feature highlighting some of Iowa’s unsolved homicides in the hopes that it will lead to new tips and potentially help solve cases. The project is a partnership between this newspaper and other members of the Iowa Newspaper Association.

CORALVILLE – Lance Lee DeWoody of North Liberty was shot in the head and neck at a picnic shelter on the north side of the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus in Coralville sometime between late Monday night, Aug. 12, 1985, and early Tuesday morning. Oakdale campus employees found DeWoody’s body shortly after sunrise Tuesday near the campus’ general hospital parking lot. His pickup was found parked about 70 yards away.

His murder stumped authorities; family members said he didn’t have any enemies, and officials ruled out robbery as a motive. No murder weapon was found at the crime scene. In a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated March 22, 1992, it was reported that officials had a prime suspect but not enough evidence to make an arrest. The suspect apparently knew DeWoody and lived in the Iowa City area, though information wasn’t released as to why investigators thought DeWoody died or how many times he was shot.

If you have any information about Lance DeWoody’s unsolved murder please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (563) 284-9506, email dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us, or contact the Coralville Police Department at (319) 248-1800.

Find out more about this and other unsolved homicides at www.IowaColdCases.org.