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Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders

No weapon, little info following 1985 shooting of North Liberty man

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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.

He was 22.

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.


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