Ewing Investigations is a licensed, bonded, and insured private investigative agency based in west-central Iowa. Owner Jody Ewing, a seasoned researcher, began work as a correspondent for The Sioux City Journal in February 1988. She later worked as a staff writer for the Siouxland newsweekly, Weekender, where she launched an investigative cold case series in May 2004. In December 2005, she founded the Iowa Cold Cases website — the nation’s first-of-its-kind statewide database to document and cross-reference all unsolved homicides and suspicious missing person cases.
As a longtime investigative journalist, Jody fully understands important issues such as patience, persistence, commitment and confidentiality. She is ready to assist you in background checks, civil, corporate and criminal investigations, witness location, process serving, surveillance and skip tracing.
She is a member of the Iowa Association of Private Investigators (IAPI), the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), and works as a liaison between cold case victims’ family members, tipsters, and law enforcement at the local, state and federal level. She proudly served as a presenter at the IAPI Annual Conference in Des Moines in September 2016.
Partnerships Built on Trust
In her investigative work, Jody has partnered with WHO-TV Channel 13 (Des Moines), The Iowa Newspaper Association, The Des Moines Register, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers, Siouxland 911, and also is a contributor to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). Her work with cold cases is also featured in Silvia Pettem’s 2017 book, The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families.
In early 2015, she partnered with the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) in a year-long “Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s Unsolved Murders” series, and in September 2015 was named a “Friend of Iowa Newspapers,” an honor conferred by INA board members to those who’ve made significant contributions to the newspaper industry in Iowa. In November 2015, foreign service grand reporter Karen Lajon of the Journal du Dimanche (Paris, France) profiled Jody’s work in a “Women of the World” series that featured women from around the globe who chose unconventional career fields and succeeded by inspiring others to get involved and make a difference.
Jody is also a Jefferson Award recipient, an award given in recognition of outstanding public service, presented to her in March 2017 by Siouxland News. Jody obtained her private investigator’s license through the Iowa Department of Public Safety that same month.
Jody earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree from Iowa State University, graduating magna cum laude with honors and distinction, majoring in concentration fields of Communications, Social Science, Professional Studies, and minoring in Criminal Justice Studies.
Through Ewing Investigations, she continues to utilize three decades of researching, documenting, and interviewing skills.
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