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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    IA - Denise Fraley, 30, Cedar Rapids, 12 Sept 1982

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 53DFIA


    Denise Ordene Fraley
    Missing since September 12, 1982 from Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: April 4, 1952
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 30 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4; 115 pounds
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel eyes
    •Medical: She is classified as disabled. A history of drug abuse.
    •AKA: Maiden name Stark


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Denise was last seen in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 12, 1982. She and her husband, David Fraley, were in a band and played at a private party in Cedar Rapids that evening. She disappeared afterward. David did not report his wife missing; Denise's family did so over a month after her disappearance when all their efforts to contact her had been in vain.
    Denise and David had been married for five years prior to her disappearance and they have a daughter. There were episodes of violence in the marriage and at least once, Denise was hospitalized after claiming David attacked her. David filed for divorce in May 1982 and a judge granted a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Denise or their child. After her disappearance it was determined that the couple used illegal drugs and both had been drug couriers.
    Several of Denise's relatives in her home state of Missouri received a note from David shortly after her disappearance. The message stated "Denise Fraley: Don't mess with the Mafia." David explained to Denise's family that she had tried to run off with several thousands of dollars in drug money which was not hers, and he was afraid the Mafia wanted to kill her. He stated that her family should not travel to Iowa as a result.
    Denise's family members stayed away for six months after she was reported missing as a result of David's warning. Her mother and sister made several trips to Cedar Rapids starting in March 1983, and hired an attorney to get temporary custody of Denise and David's daughter. While the child was living with her aunt, she stated she had seen her mother weighted down with rocks and thrown in a river. Investigators are uncertain if the story is true, as the girl was only a toddler when her mother disappeared. The Fraleys' divorce became final in 1984 and David was granted permanent custody of the child.
    Foul play is suspected in Denise's disappearance.


    If you have any information on this case, please contact:
    Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
    Cedar Rapids Police Department

    You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

    NCIC Number: M-141931927
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
    Charley Project
    Gazette on line

    Denise's Husband is the prime suspect in her case.

    Denise is not listed in NamUs at this time.

    All archived articles are pay-per-view that could be found.

    Denise has been missing for almost 28 years. Come home soon.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    I remember Denise.

    I remember going with her to the YWCA, i was maybe 14, 15 years old. She had bruises all over her body, it was awful.She was getting in a whirlpool at the drop in womens safe house...I remember when she lived in an old farmhouse, where my family actually had lived once, years previous, on hiway 30, and 80th St Sw, it has been since torn down, we were on our way to our newer home, and she was in the ditch, trying to get away from her husband, he caught up with her and was hitting her. I didnt understand why we didnt stop and try to help....what a nightmare it must have been, and little did I realize then, but in another 5 years or so, I found myself in a similar situation. If I hadn't "played dead" more than once, I may have been her...prayers out for a resolved case.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Iowa Cold Cases - Denise Fraley

    Above link includes an excerpt from a 1992 Cedar Rapids Gazette article.
    ...Always remembering the missing...

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