August 21, 2015

DIED: AUGUST 12, 1985

Location: 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 offi cials 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 offi cials 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, or contact the Coralville Police Department at (319) 248-1800.

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