'Gone Cold': Brenda Camp

“It certainly would have been nice to know my mother,” said Brenda Camp of West Des Moines. Her mother, Leota Camp, was stabbed to death in the family’s home while her children, including Brenda, were playing outside on July 10, 1967. “I’d like to know who did it,” Camp added. “It’s always been this mystery of what happened.” Photo by Brian Powers, The Des Moines Register

REGIONAL—“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 Iowa’s history. The N’West Iowa REVIEW is presenting some of Iowa’s unsolved homicides in the hope that it will lead to new tips and potentially help solve cases.

The case in the Aug. 8 issue is about Leota Camp, 25, who was tied up, stabbed and killed in 1967 in a quiet Des Moines neighborhood while she tended to her three young children. Witnesses saw a stocky man in his 20s driving a Ford Mustang park his car and walk toward Camp’s home.