Corey Wieneke was found bludgeoned to death on the bedroom floor of his rural West Liberty home on Oct. 13, 1992. The cause of death was blunt trauma to the body. A blood-stained aluminum softball bat found 1 mile from his home was confirmed to be the murder weapon.
Wieneke was the late shift bartender at Wink’s Tap, a downtown West Liberty tavern.
Authorities believed Wieneke knew his killer and said there was no evidence to suggest it was a random killing. They also thought the person responsible was not from West Liberty but possibly from Iowa City.
Investigators also said they did not believe the murder was drug-related and that it could be connected to a relationship Wieneke had with a woman.
Wieneke was returning home from Iowa City about 7 a.m. the day of the murder.