IA Marlene Ruth Padfield, Cedar Rapids, February 19, 1959

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  1. Legally Bland

    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    Marlene Padfield via Lisbon High School Yearbook

    The 17-year-old was last seen alive February 19, 1959. Marlene Ruth Padfield of Lisbon had gone to the Kozy Inn restaurant in Cedar Rapids with Arthur Scott, Jr. the evening before. They left shortly after midnight. Her partially clothed body was found on a dirt road west of Mt. Vernon on April 29, 1959. An autopsy was conducted, but the results were never announced due to the ongoing investigation. Padfield had hoped to become an actress and had moved to Cedar Rapids to chase her dream. Only around 15 people reportedly attended her funeral.

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  2. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    March 18, 2010 · Dave Morris rbbm
    Lisbon leaders hope to shed light on unsolved case of Marlene Padfield - Mount Vernon - Lisbon Sun - www.mtvernonlisbonsun.com
    "There always have been more questions than answers in the murder of 17-year-old Marlene Padfield back in February 1959, and Beryl O'Connor and Bob Hill of Lisbon are determined to get to the bottom of the unsolved case."

    Much of the following information is summarized from facts collected from old newspaper stories and through the non-profit Iowa Cold Cases.)

    "• Marlene Padfield, a 17-year-old budding actress, had dropped out of Lisbon High School after having trouble fitting in. According to Iowa Cold Cases, Marlene "exuded a maturity that allowed her to pass for much older." She had starred in the 1958 junior play at Lisbon and after dropping out and finishing her education with correspondence courses, began acting in community theater in Cedar Rapids.

    • She was employed - often reporting her age as 21 - as an elevator operator, department store clerk and receptionist.

    • Her father, Hammond Padfield, was employed at the Wilson packing plant, and her mother worked at a Cedar Rapids furniture store. Marlene had three siblings.

    • On the night of Feb. 18, 1959, and into the early hours of the 19th, after a late night meet at Cedar Rapids' Kozy Inn, located on First Avenue at 10th Street, she left with a young man who was a local actor. Here, the story becomes unclear. Purportedly, the young man was to drop her off at the old Armar Ballroom, located on the edge of Cedar Rapids and Marion. Whether she actually arrived there or not is anybody's guess. No one came forward to say one way or the other.

    • Marlene was reported missing shortly thereafter when her employer telephoned her parents to say she hadn't reported for work.

    • On Feb. 22, 1959, according to Iowa Cold Cases, "three young boys playing along Mount Vernon Road (Old Highway 30) near the Big Creek Bridge found a woman's coat and sweater, which Marlene's mother identified as her daughter's.

    "Authorities organized a search party of 100 to comb the area around the bridge and near the entrance to Camp Good Health (now Camp Tanager). Nothing was found.

    "Despite the discovery of her clothing, local law enforcement and the community seemed to tacitly agree that Marlene had a shady reputation, was likely to act on whimsy and probably ran away on her own. The story of her disappearance quickly faded."

    • When local farmer Roy White was traveling on a dirt road south of old Hwy. 30 between Mount Vernon and Cedar Rapids on April 29, 1959, he saw a group of dogs carrying bones, including a human hand. After stopping, he found a skeleton along the road that had been dragged from a nearby woods. It was later identified as Marlene Padfield's remains."
    The Aspiring Actress: Murder of Marlene Padfield 1959 - Iowa Unsolved Murders: Historic Cases
  3. Jim_M

    Jim_M Well-Known Member

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    Back in the days where LE believed nearly 'everyone' was a runaway. I have no links so all is JMHO, but we have read so often about waiting 24 hours for the 'runaway' to show up/return.

    It saddens me to hear the opinions about this young woman's reputation. It saddens me more to learn of her demise.

    May she RIP and her killer burn in [that other place]
  4. jb9672

    jb9672 Member

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    well if they had some way to do dna and other testing maybe they could find out more as to what happen to her
    Legally Bland and dotr like this.

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