IA IA - Maureen Brubaker Farley, 17, Cedar Rapids, Sept 1971

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  1. Robin Hood

    Robin Hood New Member

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    http://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/maureen-farley/


    On Friday, September 24, 1971, two young boys out hunting discovered a woman’s body atop the trunk lid of an abandoned car in a wooded ravine near Cedar Rapids’ southwest edge. The victim was 17-year-old Maureen Brubaker Farley, a newly married woman not much older than the boys who found her

    Missing, too, were several pairs of shoes: a pair of yellow patent leather dress shoes; white work shoes; brown sandals; brown moccasins. Vanous made it clear that if anyone found any of the missing items, they were to report to police where the items were found and when.
     
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  2. Hilda Swenson

    Hilda Swenson Active Member

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    There are a couple of contradictions in the article. For one, how her body came to be on the car:
    the article then goes on to say:
    also a comment from the letter written by Violet Fowler, the mother of one of the boys who found Maureen to her mother:
    Also fascinating in this article are the comments at the bottom including a few from "Kevin" one of the boys who found her.

    I'm a little confused though about some of her personal items that were missing. The article states:
    BBM~ Where were these items? In her purse that was missing? Missing from her room? Was she carrying another bag? The article doesn't give any indication.
     
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    Robin Hood New Member

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    We need more clarification really. Those shoes are a puzzle.

    One of the posters (Kim) on the original article has added a theory that might explain the shoes. I'm more inclined to think he returned to her room and took the shoes after the murder.
    Also, the man who was there watching Kevin and his friend, that's odd. Kim thinks it would be unlikely that he happened to be there just as she was found, but I'm still thinking stranger things have happened.
    I think Maureen's sister posted on the blog, she would know more.
     
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    I'm a little baffled, too, about how they knew the contents of the purse -- had someone seen inside it recently who was able to tell LE what she most likely would have been carrying?
     
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    I don't know Backwoods but somebody knew what shoes were missing too. I doubt it was a random guess.
     
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    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    One of the many murder victiims found without shoes...

    [...]
    For more than four decades, Schenzel and her family have been left with questions: Why was Farley, only 17 years old, killed? Who did it? Will an arrest ever be made or a suspect positively identified?

    Farley’s body was found on the trunk lid of a car by two boys who had gone hunting that day. At first, they assumed the woman was asleep.

    The cause of death was determined to be a blow to her head.

    [...]
    Police said she borrowed money that day to buy a pack of cigarettes, but never showed up to collect her paycheck from the restaurant where she worked. Part of the pack of cigarettes was found in her room.

    Police said when Farley’s body was found, her shoes were missing, and there was evidence she had been placed on the car. Her purse also was missing.

    http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/were-not-giving-up-on-cold-cases-20150926
     
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    I am thinking about Maureen today, and hoping that some day there will be some answers for her family.
     
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    YESorNO The Queen (aka "mrsmuir") SWBB

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    Family of Maureen Brubaker Farley looking answers on 47th anniversary of her murder

    SEP 14 2018

    "...Mary Ann says she doesn’t believe police took Maureen’s case seriously enough at the time, telling her they assumed she was off with friends....

    “This is the worst thing that could ever happen in our life,” Mary Ann said of her daughter’s murder. “It was just so horrible. I wake up every morning with that heavy feeling in my chest.”

    Due to the advent of new technologies, investigators say there’s renewed hope that Maureen will get the justice she deserves.

    In recent years, Investigator Denlinger says police have been able to use the DNA collected at the scene to create a DNA profile of the suspect. He also told Dateline the Cold Case Unit has been collecting DNA samples from people who knew Maureen at the time.

    “We’ve eliminated 20 people so far, and we’re continuing to gather DNA and trying to identify people who are still alive who may have known her,” he told Dateline. He said the Cedar Rapids Cold Case Unit is actively working this case and are not going to give up searching for answers.

    “Her death really affected my whole family in such a negative way,” Maureen’s sister Lisa, who is now a Deputy Sheriff in the Union County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota, told Dateline. “We’re looking for closure,” she added. “We want someone to come forward and do the right thing. It's just so frustrating .”..."

    Family of Maureen Brubaker Farley looking answers on 47th anniversary of her murder

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  11. Ibiz

    Ibiz Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.

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    Well, it really seems that she knew her killer. I'm actually shocked this case was never solved.
     
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    Family of Maureen Brubaker Farley looking answers on 47th anniversary of her murder
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    "Investigator Denlinger told Dateline that when police went to Maureen’s apartment, nothing seemed out of place. Maureen’s car was still parked outside, and there were no signs of a struggle. The only thing missing from her room was her work uniform. Investigator Denlinger says waitresses at the restaurant where Maureen worked said they would occasionally leave their clothes at work.

    According to Investigator Denlinger, Maureen had seen a friend the day she disappeared. The friend would later tell police that Maureen had mentioned she might be going on a date or meeting a man later that night. It is not clear if she ever met up with the unidentified man.

    On September 24, one week after Maureen was reported missing, a couple of boys were hunting in a wooded area about three miles from Maureen’s apartment. Investigator Denlinger told Dateline the boys came across human remains -- a woman -- on the trunk of an abandoned car, overgrown with foliage. The woman’s body was partially clothed, Investigator Denlinger said. There was evidence of sexual intercourse, but it was unclear at the time if it could be classified as sexual assault."
     
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