Suspect Arrested in 1997 Winnebago County Cold Case

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – It appears a 16-year-old Winnebago County cold case may have been solved with an arrest in Minnesota.

73-year-old John Bloomfield has been charged with murder in the strangling death of his wife Frances. John was a researcher at the University of Iowa back in September of 1997 when he reported his wife missing. The body of Frances Bloomfield was found 3 days later in a soybean field near Simpson Road, three miles south of Rockford.

Investigators believe John killed Frances at their Iowa City home and then dumped the body off on the way to Chicago.


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