Cold Case

By: Alan Jones
By: Alan Jones

In this case, no one has.

It's an early summer day in May 1983. Thirty-one-year old James Powers of Loves Park is fishing at a popular spot along the Kishwaukee River in Boone County. He's near the bridge abutment on south Newburg road when an unknown assailant approaches, shoots him once in the head, and then disappears. It's 1:45 in the afternoon before Powers' body is found.

Because of its reputation as a common fishing spot, witnesses report seeing a number of cars and trucks in the area and descriptions of people vary. So right now, two decades later, police are at a dead end.

If you have any information about the May 6th, 1983, murder of James Powers, you can help solve this crime. Contact the Boone County Sheriff's department or call Boone County Crimestoppers. Your anonymous call at 547-7867 could be worth a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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