March 8, 2016

AGE: 21

DIED: FEB. 10, 1997

Hometown: Ida Grove

Connie Ruddy, a 21-year-old mother of two, was reported missing from her Ida Grove home on Monday, Feb. 10, 1997. Her 2-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son were found alone inside the residence, unharmed.

Ruddy had last been seen by her sister around 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Ruddy’s home. About 10:30 a.m. Monday, a friend stopped by and discovered Ruddy gone and her children alone. Ruddy’s car was still at the house and she hadn’t taken her purse. Those who knew her described Ruddy as a responsible young mother — one who wouldn’t leave her children unattended — and knew her disappearance indicated something was wrong.

Officials and volunteers mounted a search for Ruddy, bringing in dogs to see if they could determine whether Ruddy had gotten into a vehicle or left on foot. The search produced no new clues or information.

On August 31, 1999, more than two years after she went missing, a man looking for fossils near Ida Grove found a human jawbone, which was later identified as Ruddy’s, on the Boyer River’s sandbar in Crawford County near Dow City. Officials searched along the river and surrounding area, but were unable to uncover any further evidence.

Anyone with any information about Ruddy’s disappearance and death is asked to contact the Ida County Sheriff’s Office at 712- 364-3146, or anonymously at the Ida County Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-568-4401. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues to assist in the investigation and may be reached at (515) 725-6010.