On Christmas Eve, 1993, Phil Terrell went for
a walk near his home on Des Moines’ south
side. The 42-year-old father of three never
returned, and his family reported him as missing. On Wednesday, March 2, 1994, a horseback rider
found Terrell’s snow-covered, decomposed body in a creek
bed just inside Warren County. Autopsy results showed
Terrell died from blunt force trauma to the head.