The Trail Went Cold – Episode 216 – Wilma June Nissen

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October 4, 1978. Lyon County, Iowa. The decomposed body of a murdered young woman is discovered in a ditch next to a rural road, but since she carries no identification, she remains a Jane Doe for the next 27 years. The victim is eventually identified as 23-year old Wilma June Nissen, who originally hailed from California and lived a transient lifestyle prior to her death. Investigators discover that Wilma was involved with an escort service and two women she worked with may have been responsible for her death, but there is not enough evidence to charge anyone with the crime. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, at the personal request of her daughter, we will be exploring the tragic life of Wilma June Nissen and attempting to seek justice for her unsolved murder.

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Additional Reading:

https://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/wilma-june-nissen/

https://www.nwestiowa.com/news/new-lead-for-lyon-county-cold-case/article_31e9c062-1961-11e6-a014-53443c67e206.html

https://kiwaradio.com/local-news/suspect-photo-released-in-1978-murder-case/

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2016/05/14/gone-cold-wilma-nissen-killed-1978/84379226/

https://www.dglobe.com/news/1363563-motions-filed-cold-case-perjury-charges

https://www.dglobe.com/news/1343416-foster-parents-sheriff-pay-respects-wilma-nissen

https://qconline.com/news/iowa/jane-doe-for-27-years-wilma-june-nissen-has-name-funeral/article_e9f7b862-0ef0-5147-8479-6c5d35d1c9c0.html

https://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/local-news/search-for-clues-in-the-murder-of-a-siouxland-prostitute-almost-40-years-ago-is-heating-up-again/

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“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

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