'Gone Cold': Helen Bown

Tama County Sheriff’s Department officers, county attorney Jared Bauch and medical examiner Dr. C.W. Maplethorpe with Marshall County authorities and Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents check the scene of the discovery of body of Helen Mae Bown, 61, north of Montour along the Iowa River on Oct. 31. 1973. Photo submitted

“Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders” is a yearlong collaborative effort by Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in the state’s history. The N’West Iowa REVIEW is presenting some of the unsolved homicides in the hope that it will lead to new tips and potentially help solve cases. The Oct. 24 issue of The REVIEW features the case of Helen Bown, a 61-year-old widow who went missing from her Marshalltown home on Oct. 7, 1973. Her body was discovered Oct. 31 in the Iowa River about seven miles east of Marshalltown.