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IA IA - Beth Ricketts, 31, Des Moines, 22 Dec 1997

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Beth A. Ricketts, 31, Missing December 22, 1997 from Des Moines, IA

    Beth A. Ricketts
    Reported missing December 22, 1997 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Classification: Involuntary

    Vital Statistics


    Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 120 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
    Clothing: Black pants; white shirt; zebra belt; black leather blazer. She was carrying a medium-sized black purse.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Ricketts was reported missing December 22, 1997 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
    1-800-346-5507

    Source Information:

    Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    The Doe Network: Case File 2739DFIA


    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2739dfia.html
     
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  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Possible suspect?

    James Allen Kinney
    Alias: Jerome Romano Porrovecchio
    Date of birth: September 5 or 11, 1949

    Classification: Murderer
    Characteristics: Rape - Mutilation - Vietnam War veteran with a history of mental illness
    Number of victims: 3 +
    Date of murders: 1997 - 1998
    Date of arrest: 2001
    Victims profile: Young women
    Method of murder: Beating to death
    Location: Washington/Michigan/Iowa/Virginia, USA
    Status: Sentenced to life in prion without parole in Washington on January 2002

    James Allen Kinney is known to have left Michigan on or about 4 December 1997 on a bus to Iowa, a few days after the discovery of the body of a Michigan woman believed to have been killed by Kinney. He is suspected in the murders or disappearances of several other women, and was convicted in Washington state for the 1998 murder of a young woman.

    LINK:

    http://murderpedia.org/male.K/k/kinney-james-allen.htm
     
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    Beth Ann Ricketts was born October 25, 1966. She was a military veteran and lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., prior to moving to Des Moines. She was the mother of two young daughters and a son.

    http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/beth-ricketts/

    According to a person named karen hammett that claims to be a friend of Beth:

    "I need some one to tell me if they ever caught this guy.. one detective told me tey thought they knew where her body was but couldn’t get on the prpoerty to search. BethAnn was my best friend and was very loved. Please try and find her. Thank you."

    A few comments below:

    "the person that hasn’t been cleared is William Halterman and he has a facebook look him up."
     
  5. Richard

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    Bumping case up.

    One possible suspect in her disappearance is James Allen Kinney mentioned above. He was featured on America's Most Wanted back about 1997 and was later captured. He is currently serving a life term for the murder of another young woman. He has never been charged in Beth's disappearance.

    Kinney was an Army veteran who had been discharged with mental problems. He evidently had some sort of ID which allowed him to enter military bases and was known to frequent a number of VA hospitals for treatment. He was an outgoing kind of guy who would not hesitate to approach a person and strike up a conversation. However, his choice of topics might become weird or inappropriate fairly quickly. He was truly crazy.

    If Beth was also veteran, or if she had any connection to a military base, it may have allowed him to approach and engage her in conversation.

    I do not know any details about William Halterman or his possible connection with this case.
     
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    Beth A. Ricketts
    Reported missing December 22, 1997 from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
    Classification: Involuntary

    [HR][/HR]
    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 31 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 120 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
    • Clothing: Black pants; white shirt; zebra belt; black leather blazer. She was carrying a medium-sized black purse.
    [HR][/HR]Circumstances of Disappearance
    Ricketts was reported missing December 22, 1997 in Des Moines, Iowa.
    [HR][/HR]
    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
    1-800-346-5507

    Email: mpicinfo@dps.state.ia.us

    ----------------------------------------------

    22 December 1997 was a Monday. It was only three days before Christmas. I wonder if she was shopping that day?

    Does anyone have any further information?

     
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    Richard Well-Known Member

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    From Iowa Cold Cases....


    Beth Ann Ricketts
    Homicide
    Beth Ann Ricketts
    31 YOA
    4000 Dubuque
    Des Moines, IA
    Polk County
    Case # 1997-57018
    December 22, 1997

    Beth Ann Ricketts was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department on December 22, 1997.

    Her case status was listed as “Endangered Missing,” which means she was considered to be in physical danger, and authorities believed she was taken against her will.

    Polk County in Iowa
    Des Moines in Polk County

    Beth was last seen wearing black pants, a white shirt, a zebra belt, a black leather blazer and carrying a medium-sized black purse.

    The 31-year-old was described as a caucasian female with blonde hair, blue eyes, 5-foot-8 and weighing 120 pounds.

    Her case is now listed as a homicide with the Des Moines Police Department.

    About Beth Ricketts

    Beth Ann Ricketts was born October 25, 1966. She was a military veteran and lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., prior to moving to Des Moines.She was the mother of two young daughters and a son.

    Information Needed

    If you have any information regarding Beth’s unsolved disappearance and murder, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.

    Sources:
    Des Moines Police Department, Correspondence to Iowa Cold Cases, July 10, 2009
    Iowa Department of Public Safety
    The Charley Project
    Personal correspondence from Karen Hammett, August
    Beth Ann Ricketts | Iowa Cold Cases

    LINK:

    http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/beth-ricketts/
     
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    Bumping case up. Officially it remains open and unsolved, however it is quite likely that James Allen Kinney murdered Beth.
     
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    Other than proximity is there anything to link Kinney to this case? The Halterman link appears more solid. He was her boyfriend and following friends reporting her missing he denied to police that she was missing which may have delayed the initial investigation. Also there was a fire in a room at her home which would suggest someone who had access to the home. This can all be found in a report in the Des Moines Register at https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/130903159/.
     
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    Bumping
     
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    Halterman lead looks more solid to me. Specially the whole fire in the bedroom
     
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    Whoever murdered Beth would have had access to her address and keys.

    When did the fire occur? Was there any connection with Beth's disappearance?

    What other information is available regarding Halterman? What was his behavior like before and after Beth's disappearance? What kind of criminal record (if any) does he have?
     
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    Bumping
     
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    Beth Ann Ricketts is a U.S. Military Veteran who went missing on December 22, 1997 after last being seen at her home at 9:30 a.m. in Des Moines, Iowa. Beth Ricketts left her home in a gold in color 1994 Geo Prism to do some Christmas shopping and never returned. On the same day she went missing, a fire broke out at 2:10 p.m. in the bedroom of a duplex she was living in. The cause of the fire, which caused thousands in damages, was not able to be determined.

    Beth Ann Ricketts is 31 years old as of the date she went missing in December, 1997. Beth Ricketts is described as a white female standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 120 pounds. Beth Ricketts has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. Beth Ricketts was last seen wearing black pants, a white shirt, a zebra styled belt, and a black leather blazer. At the time she was last seen, she was carrying a medium sized black purse.

    If you have any information about the whereabouts of Beth Ann Ricketts, contact Sergeant Darren Cornwell with the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4811 reference case #1997-57018. (NamUs MP # 17248)

    Read more: Beth Ann Ricketts
     

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