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CRPD Seeks Anonymous Tipster in Cold Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting additional assistance from a Linn County Crime Stoppers tipster who provided investigators with information about the December 1979 Michelle Martinko homicide.  On December 16, 2013, the Police Department received information from an individual that led investigators to a possible suspect.  Investigators followed up on the lead, however the possible suspect's DNA did not match the DNA that is on file that belongs to Martinko's killer.

Nonetheless, the information provided was credible and investigators believe that further legitimate information from this individual will be beneficial to the case.  To further enhance the investigation, this individual is being encouraged to contact Detective Doug Larison at (319) 286-5412 or cellular phone (319) 521-6003.  Investigators have further questions that they would like to ask the tipster.  This individual can continue to remain anonymous.

This individual can also call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. 

If the information provided leads to an arrest, this individual may be eligible for a reward. All calls are anonymous.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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