Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Jane Ellen Wakefield, a schoolteacher in North Liberty, Iowa, disappeared from her Iowa City mobile home sometime between late Saturday night, Sept. 6, 1975, and early Sunday morning, Sept. 7, 1975.
Wakefield, who was in divorce proceedings with her husband, John Wakefield, had spent Saturday on a cross-country bicycle ride with a group of friends. Wakefield told her friends she had to get back for an appointment.
When a friend paid a visit to Wakefield’s mobile home Sunday, no one answered the door and the friend left. Foul play is suspected. One individual remained the prime suspect in Wakefield’s disappearance, but never faced charges due to insufficient evidence. A confidential informant told police that an individual he knew had admitted to murdering Wakefield, cremating her body, and spreading her remains along a ditch on I-80 near Iowa City.
Jane Wakefield was declared legally dead on September 5, 1982.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Iowa City Police Department
Iowa Cold Cases