Cedar Rapids Weather
DNA Links Executed Convict to 1984 Triple Murder in Southeast Iowa
By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief
OTTUMWA, Iowa - Authorities announced today that Andrew Wessel Six is responsible for the murders of three people in southern Iowa in April of 1984.
Six was executed in 1997 for the murder of a girl discovered in Missouri.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Friday that new DNA evidence implicates Andrew Six in the bludgeoning deaths of 20-year-old Justin Hook Jr., Hook's fiancee, 19-year-old Tina Lade, and Hook's mother, 41-year-old Sara Link.
DNA from a pair of jeans was used to link Six to the murders. The case had recently been reopened.
The announcement was made at a news conference at the Wapello County Sheriff's office Friday afternoon. Several family members of the victims attended the news conference, including Cindy Moyes, 50, of Coralville. Moyes is the sister of Hook and daughter of Link.
Missouri authorities executed Six by lethal injection in 1997 for the 1987 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Kathy Allen. Six and his uncle kidnapped the girl from the Allen family's trailer in Ottumwa, slit her throat and dumped her body in northern Missouri.
Retired DCI supervisor Sam Swaim says Six was always a suspect in the earlier triple homicide but investigators did not have enough evidence to charge him.
On April 13, 1984, the body of Justin Alfred Hook, Jr., 20, was found near his burned-out mobile home in rural Drakesville in southeast Iowa.
When police went to tell Hook's mother, Sarah Link, 41, of Farmington, about her son's death, they were unable to locate her. Her body was found three days later.
Authorities then launched an intensive search for Hook's fiancée, Tina Marie Lade, 19, of Ottumwa. Her body was found on April 18, 1984.
All three had been killed by blows to the head.
Read more about the case, here.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.