August 22, 2016

AGE: 87


Location: Des Moines

Hazel Reimann’s body was found Tuesday, September 2, 2008, by her sister Helen. Helen had gone to Hazel’s southeast Watrous Avenue house to check on her sister. There, in the home’s kitchen, she found a bloody, horrific crime scene leading to the basement, where she discovered her sister’s lifeless body in a pool of blood.

Police said Reimann had been beaten and stabbed. There were no signs of forced entry, and though a suspect and motive were unknown, detectives said that Reimann had put up an extraordinary fight; in addition to the blood in the kitchen and on the walls, she had broken six fingers trying to fend off her attacker.

Officials believed Reimann’s murder occurred the night before her sister found her body, and though they questioned many neighbors, couldn’t come up with any solid leads. Four days later, with no suspects in the case, Polk County Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“Even the smallest details — any observations neighbors may have had on that day, if they saw people sneaking around the house or anything like that — is going to be really important for us,” said Des Moines police Sgt. Vince Valdez. Police remain hopeful that eventually, someone will come forward with new information and give them a fresh lead.