Search continues for suspect a decade later

Search continues for suspect a decade later

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WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) -- It's been 10 years since a man was found beaten to death in his home in eastern Iowa and now, a decade later, the search for a suspect continues.

Corey Wieneke was 22 years old when he was found dead on the bedroom floor in his West Liberty home on Oct. 13, 1992. He died of blunt trauma to the head and a baseball bat, found outside the home by a television reporter is the one of the only clues in the case.

Investigators interviewed more than 400 people in the months after Wieneke's death.

Sgt. Mark Kopf, of the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office said no motive has been developed and no one has been identified as a suspect.

``We just have to get some good information,'' he said. ``Somebody out there knows something about this case and they need to come forward.''

Wieneke's mother, Susan Wieneke, said not knowing why her son died is the hardest thing to cope with.

``I can't imagine that somebody had something as awful against him,'' Susan Wieneke said. ``We didn't know he had any enemies as all.''

She suspects whoever killed her son knew him and his dog Casey.

``She was always very protective of him,'' she said of her son's dog, a golden Labrador retriever.

Kopf said new technology, such as DNA testing, may open up some leads in the case.

``We don't have a lot of physical evidence that could assist us, but you never know what might come down,'' he said.

Wieneke's uncle, Ken Wieneke, isn't optimistic the case will be solved.

``You just figure somebody got by with it and they got to live with it,'' he said. ``Somebody will come forward? No, I don't think so.''

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