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Gone Cold

DES MOINES – Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders is a year-long 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 Brown University graduate Adam Lack, who was murdered on the night of July 13, 2008 in Nora Springs, his family’s second casualty in their fight for clean water. 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.