COLD CASE MISSING PERSON JERRY WOLKING (2017/10/18)
Today, October 18, 2017, marks the 27th anniversary of the disappearance of Jerry A. Wolking, a 52 year old Moline resident.
Jerry Wolking was last seen leaving the residence of his girlfriend in Rock Island around 10:45 PM en route to his Moline residence.
Evidence gathered in 1990 showed that Mr. Wolking had made it back to his residence during the late night hours on October 18th, 1990 but failed to show up to work at John Deere the next day.
On October 21st, 1990, Mr. Wolking’s vehicle a blue/silver 1988 Chevrolet Suburban was located in long term parking at the Quad City Airport.
Moline officers located blood stains in Mr. Wolking’s vehicle and had mud stuck in the tires and under carriage. During a cold case review in 2013, with the assistance of the University of North Texas the blood stains were identified as belonging to Mr. Wolking.
Evidence shows that Mr. Wolking was likely involved in an argument near his residence and then struck by his own vehicle. The suspect then placed Mr. Wolking into the rear of the Chevrolet Suburban and took him to an unknown location, as Mr. Wolking has not been seen since that date.
During the cold case review, several new witnesses came forward and advised Mr. Wolking was fearful of his girlfriend’s estranged husband, confiding in family members and co-workers that he was afraid he would be harmed by him.
In 2013, witnesses came forward and advised they had observed a vehicle they believed to be Mr. Wolking’s 1988 Chevrolet Suburban stuck in the mud in the early morning hours of October 19th, 1990. The witness observed the vehicle in a wooded area near the Poplar Grove addition in Moline, which is just east of Green Valley softball complex.
In 2013, with the assistance of the Augustana College Geology Department student Grant Wick and Dr. Michael Wolf, forensic testing was completed on the dirt and grass located on Mr. Wolking’s vehicle in 1990. The testing compared that to samples of dirt and grass from the Poplar Grove area and geologically they were similar.
In 2013, the Moline Police Department with the assistance of Canine Search Solutions out of Wisconsin conducted a search of the area where Mr. Wolking’s vehicle was believed to be observed. The search of the area did not find anything of evidentiary value related to Mr. Wolking.
The Moline Police Department is asking individuals with information regarding Mr. Wolking’s disappearance to come forward and put this case to rest for Mr. Wolking’s family.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or those wishing to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
MURDER OF DEMAR BESTER (2016/08/23)
August 23, 2017 marks one year since DEMAR BESTER, Age 23, of Rock Island was gunned down in the area of Glenhurst Court and 12th Avenue in Rock Island. After responding to a report of shots fired in the area, Rock Island Police found Demar lying in the alley with several gunshot wounds. He died of his injuries. This murder is still unsolved. If you have information, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 309-762-9500 or submit your tip here. All tips are anonymous and you could earn a cash reward of $1,000.
ELDERLY WOMAN MURDERED IN MILAN (2008/08/30)
On August 30, 2008, Harriett Crandall was found murdered in her home in Milan IL. The murderer set the house on fire to try and conceal what they had done. Please help find the person or people who committing this heinous act. If you saw something, say something. Call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or submit your tip by clicking below. Let`s give this family some closure!
MURDER OF NICK ATWATER REMAINS COLD CASE (2006/01/08)
On January 8, 2006, Nicholas Atwater was gunned down and murdered at the age of 34. The shooting happened outside the Village Woods Apartments in Milan, IL. To this day, no arrests have been made. If you can help solve this murder, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or submit your tip by clicking below. You will remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you`ll receive a cash reward.
JONE KNAPTON MURDERED AND DISMEMBERED (2003/07/10)
Four days after Jone Knapton of East Moline, Illinois was reported missing, parts of her body were found in the Green River in Henry County, Illinois. No arrests have been made in this case. If you know anything about this unsolved murder, call the tip line 309-762-9500 or click below to submit your tip. All tips are secure and anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.
COUPLE MURDERED IN EAST MOLINE (2002/11/01)
On Friday, November 1, 2002, Edward and Doris Elwess were murdered in their East Moline IL home. Both were shot to death. This heinous crime is still unsolved. The family deserves closure and we demand justice. If you have information about this murder, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or submit your tip by clicking on the link below. All tips are completely anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.
21 YEAR OLD MYSTERY STILL UNSOLVED (1996/08/21)
On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will cast a shadow over the Quad Cities, but that shadow will be brief compared to the much larger shadow that’s been cast over the Quad Cities for the last twenty one years.
Twenty one years ago, on August 21, 1996, eleven year old Trudy Appleby was last seen near her residence, getting into the passenger side of an older model, gray colored vehicle with an unknown male.
Over the course of the last twenty one years, thousands of leads have come into the Moline Police Department and thousands of interviews have been conducted.
The Moline Police Department has been informed that on the days leading up to August 21, 1996, Trudy Appleby requested to go swimming with a friend who resided on Campbell’s Island in East Moline. Trudy’s father did not allow her to go swimming, but phone records show she may have planned to go ahead with her swimming plans.
A witness observed William “Ed” Smith in a similar vehicle near Smith’s residence in East Moline on Campbell’s Island in the late morning hours on August 21, 1996.
The witness observed a younger female in the passenger seat of that vehicle and believed that person to be Trudy Appleby who was personally known by the witness. The vehicle passed within a couple feet of the witness. Trudy Appleby’s whereabouts are unknown after the vehicle drove by, and no other witnesses have come forward with information on any further sightings.
Information obtained from the investigation showed that William “Ed” Smith often traveled to the area of Blackbird Island or Dynamite Island, which are only accessible by boat and are on the northern edge of Campbell’s Island.
The investigation has shown that Smith had access to a vehicle similar to the one that was described as having picked up Trudy on the morning of August 21, 1996. Leads from the investigation show that particular vehicle may have been scrapped within a short time of Trudy’s disappearance.
The Moline Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance regarding any suspicious activity observed on Campbell’s Island, on the waterways surrounding Campbell’s Island, the boat launch at Empire Park in East Moline and the Mississippi River islands of Black Bird Island and Dynamite Island on or around the date of August 21, 1996.
The Moline Police Department knows that William “Ed” Smith died on December 23, 2014 having never admitted knowledge regarding the disappearance of Trudy Appleby. Information from the investigation shows William “Ed” Smith may have been the last person known to be seen with Trudy Appleby prior to her disappearance. Information regarding his activities the date of August 21, 1996 may lead to further information about Trudy Appleby’s disappearance.
The Moline Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding those events on that day and the days immediately following to come forward and help bring justice for Trudy Appleby. Please do not assume that we know what you may know and no information is insignificant.
The family of Trudy Appleby along with Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding the disappearance of Trudy Appleby or any information related to the above statement that will lead to a resolution in this case.
Anyone with information regarding Trudy Appleby and William “Ed” Smith are asked to call the Moline Police Department (309) 524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the QC (309) 762-9500.