January 21, 2016

AGE: 77

DIED: DEC. 27,1997

Hometown: Bedford

Boyd George Novinger, 77, was killed in his Bedford home on Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997. Novinger’s son-in-law and business partner, H. Keith Taylor, was first on scene and told officials he found his father-in-law’s body the following Sunday afternoon. An autopsy concluded Novinger died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Novinger, a funeral director with the Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford, had worked in the family- operated funeral home business for 50 years. He worked with his daughter, Christy, and her husband, Keith.

In an email to Iowa Cold Cases dated June 8, 2012, Novinger’s daughter Christy said she still had many questions. Four different death certificates, she said, were issued in the six months following her father’s murder.

A $2,500 reward the family offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case went unclaimed.