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DCI: 2-year-old I.C. murder still being investigated

NOTE: This story was originally published Sept. 22, 1999.

Investigators said Tuesday they haven't given up on the 2-year-old murder of Iowa City resident Frances Bloomfield.

"The investigation is continuing, there are leads that we are still pursuing on the case," said Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesperson Steven Conlon. "We take a very optimistic approach to all investigations. On any given day a piece of information can arise that ties everything together."

That piece of information has not yet come in the Bloomfield case, he said.

Bloomfield, 57, of 38 Wakefield Ct., was reported missing by her husband, John, when he returned home from a business trip on Sept. 22, 1997. Her body was found two days later in a ditch near Rockford, Ill. Authorities said she was strangled, most likely in her own home. There have been no arrests.

The Bloomfields had moved to Iowa City in 1995 from Minneapolis when John Bloomfield accepted a job at the University of Iowa.

John Bloomfield was a researcher for the UI's Center for Computer Aided Design. He has left the program and moved to Washington state, said K.K. Choi, director of the program.

Choi said he has not spoken with John Bloomfield since he left, adding he was Bloomfield's supervisor for only a short time.

There is hope that Bloomfield's murderer will be found, Conlon said, noting that old cases are sometimes solved."Like any case, we always want to proceed cautiously and thoroughly so something doesn't get overlooked. Unfortunately some of these cases take longer than any of us would prefer. There is still work being done on these cases, and we'll just keep pursuing them."

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