'Missing in the Metro' podcast tackles unsolved crimes in Des Moines

The podcast, called "Missing in the Metro," features KXNO's Ross Peterson and Heather Burnside, along with her husband, Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek, the department's public information officer. (Courtesy: KCCI)
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- Two sports radio hosts and a Des Moines police sergeant are teaming up for a new podcast that could help solve some unsolved cases.

The podcast, called "Missing in the Metro," features KXNO's Ross Peterson and Heather Burnside, along with her husband, Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek, the department's public information officer.

"We have cases in Des Moines that need some attention and can maybe get some help from the public," said Peterson, who helped come up with the idea.

Burnside helped bring the podcast to life.

"I kind of live with true crime, so for me, that's not as much of an issue," Burnside said.

Every other week, the crew goes deep into missing persons and unsolved homicide cases in the Des Moines area.

"We're always looking for different ways to keep these fresh in the community, and a podcast seems to be the 21st century way to get everybody's attention and have that opportunity to throw out those details that we might not be able to get out on a Facebook post or a news story," Parizek said.

The first episode dropped last month regarding Gloria Gary, whose January 2017 disappearance turned into a murder case after her body was found concealed within her home.

"No really bad habits, no lifestyle choices that are going to draw her into the wrong crowd," Parizek said. "You had a suspect who just randomly chose her for no reason."

"The best way to describe a worked case or a working case is to show what one that was completed looked like," Peterson said.

The trio hopes to complete other cases and solve murders along the way.

"We would love to solve a few cases, to help the Des Moines police solve a couple of crimes," Burnside said.

The first episode is available on the iHeartRadio app or iTunes. The second episode is expected to be released early next week.