Body in burned pickup confirmed to be man from Elgin
By JACK SWANSON - Managing Editor
February 21, 2013

WADENA - Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher has confirmed that the body found in a burning pickup on Jan. 22 about
four miles northwest of Wadena, is that of Layne Schneider, 22, of Elgin.

The accident happened in the early morning hours near the intersection of Echo Road and 180th Street. Rescue workers did not know there was anyone in the pickup until firefighters extinguished the fire

(According to the article, Schneider was in a truck owned by his roommate. The vehicle reportedly struck a tree, and started to burn.)

From Iowa Cold Cases website

Layne Edward Schneider

Schneider’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said the case was being considered an accident but that the investigation was ongoing.

Layne’s family and friends believe he was murdered. According to correspondence sent to Iowa Cold Cases, a number of people have stepped up to provide information to law enforcement regarding the alleged “accident,” although no arrests have yet been made in the case.

If you have any information about Layne Schneider’s death please contact the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (563) 582-6888 or the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 422-6067.