Tina Marie Lade

Tina Marie Lade

Death 12 Apr 1984 (aged 19)
Iowa, USA
Burial Wapello County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 41919516 · View Source
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On Friday, April 13, 1984, the body of 20-year-old Justin Hook, Jr. was found outside near his burned-out mobile home two miles outside Drakesville in southeast Iowa after firefighters finished extinguishing a fire that destroyed the trailer. Hook had been killed by blows to the head.

When police went to tell Hook's mother -- Sarah Link, 41, of Farmington -- about her son's death, they discovered her missing.

The following Monday, April 16, a farmer found Mrs. Link's body on a hilly wooded section of his land just north of Eldon. She, too, had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Authorities then launched an intensive search for Hook's fiancee, 19-year-old Tina Marie Lade of Ottumwa, to whom he'd recently become engaged. Hook had given her an engagement ring the week before for her 19th birthday. Lade, however, also had gone missing.

Then on Wednesday, April 18, trained police dogs discovered Miss Lade's body in a ravine about a half-mile from where Mrs. Link's body had been found. Lade had died from blows to the head as well.

Authorities believed all three victims were killed at about the same time, but the exact time and location of the slayings wasn't known.

Eight Division of Criminal Investigation agents were sent to Wapello County to investigate the murders, and hundreds of leads were followed.

Drakesville residents -- who'd known Hook only casually -- referred to him as "polite" and a "nice boy."

One year after the murders and despite some initial "strong suspects," then-Wapello County Sheriff Bud Erwin said there had been no new breaks and no new leads for months. Erwin said though police continued their investigation, so far they had been unable to determine a motive for the bludgeoning deaths. No murder weapon was recovered, and tests showed no traces of drugs in the bodies.

The case remains open today.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Wapello County Sheriff's Office at 641-684-4350.

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  • Added: 13 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41919516
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tina Marie Lade (10 Apr 1965–12 Apr 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41919516, citing Fiedler Cemetery, Wapello County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47165012) .