Reward issued in unsolved Traer homicide case


TRAER — Four months to the day after the murder of Ryan Cooper at a rural Traer residence, the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers organization announced a $17,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Cooper, 42, was found dead in his home seven miles southwest of Traer following a 911 call made at 4:35 a.m. on the morning of June 18.

One day later, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner announced that an autopsy was complete, and the pathologist ruled the cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound.

Those with any information that may be of assistance in the case are asked to call the Tama County Sheriff’s Office at 641-484-4111.

According to state and local investigators, as of Oct. 18, there have been no arrests, and no new information has been made available in the case.


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