‘We miss him so much’: Parents of murder victim still looking for answers

‘We miss him so much’: Parents of murder victim still looking for answers
A photo of Robert Hatcher rests on his grave at Zion Congregational Church Cemetery in Treynor, Iowa. WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The parents of a Council Bluffs man who was killed 12 years ago have not given up hope that answers may yet surface and bring a small measure of peace.

Robert Hatcher was found shot to death underneath the Interstate 480 bridge on March 8, 2007. He was 38 years old.

“We miss him so much,” his mother, Marjorie Hatcher, said Wednesday. His death left behind a widow, Christine.

On that day 12 years ago, Robert Hatcher was walking on the pedestrian trail under the bridge, headed home from a job fair. Court records say he may have been there to meet two men about money, but not much else is known.

“We hope someone somewhere may know any detail that could lead to answers,” Marjorie Hatcher said. “Even after all these years.”

Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Brandon Danielson said there have been no new leads on the case in recent years. A new detective has been assigned to it, in the hope that a fresh set of eyes might see a clue previously overlooked.

While labeled a cold case, authorities think that it’s still possible to solve, with the community’s help.

Two men were arrested in connection to the murder in 2008 based on information from informants. But little physical evidence surfaced.

In 2009, the charges were dropped. Over the years, some potential leads have come to light but have yielded no results.

Anyone with information on the case can contact police at 712-328-7867.