1980s Coralville homicide to be featured on true crime series

(Gazette file photo) Richard Dodd, left, speaks with his attorney Johnson County public defender Dick Klausner, right, at the end of a hearing in Johnson County District Court on Friday, September 5, 2003, in Iowa City. Dodd, who is currently serving a life sentence at the Iowa State Penitentiary for a 1984 kidnapping and rape conviction, is charged with the 1981 murder of Vicki Klotzbach.
(Gazette file photo) Richard Dodd, left, speaks with his attorney Johnson County public defender Dick Klausner, right, at the end of a hearing in Johnson County District Court on Friday, September 5, 2003, in Iowa City. Dodd, who is currently serving a life sentence at the Iowa State Penitentiary for a 1984 kidnapping and rape conviction, is charged with the 1981 murder of Vicki Klotzbach.

CORALVILLE — A 36-year-old Coralville homicide case will be featured this weekend on a cable true crime series.

On The Case With Paula Zahn will feature the episode A Murder In Coralville Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery Channel. The episode will explore the death of 22-year-old Vicki L. Klotzbach.

According to Coralville news release, Klotzbach was reported missing on Oct. 20, 1981. Her body was found three days later in a vacant field in rural Coralville. Klotzbach had been shot and sexually assaulted.

While a team of Coralville, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office officers investigated the case for more than 18 months, it would be decades before the case was closed. Thanks to DNA testing that became available in 1996, Richard Dodd was convicted of Klotzbach’s murder in September 2003.

Retired Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, retired DCI agent John Smith and Klotzbach’s brother and sister-in-law were interviewed for the episode.

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